George G. M. James
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This is an afrocentric re-examination of Greek philosophy, posing thethesis that it was, in plain, stolen from Egypt (
, Africa). James' theory isthat classical Greek philosophy was derived from an Ancient Egyptianmystery tradition, possibly concealing advanced scientific knowledge thatthe Greeks misinterpreted. James' approach to the topic is informed by awide range of authorities, some classic, others a bit more esoteric. Hemakes some startling claims,
, that Alexander the Great and Aristotleplundered hundreds of books from the Great Library of Alexandria, whichwere later attributed to Aristotle. He is dead serious about this perceivedslight by the Greeks, and even exhorts us to boycott Greek letterfraternities.Pioneers of the afrocentrism movement, such as James, and DrusillaHouston, labored in obscurity outside the mainstream. They wereprecursors of later 20th century writers such as Cheikh Anta Diop, whoadvanced very similar ideas, albeit on a broader front. Today, thesubstantial contribution of Africans to world civilization is better known.These books are milestones on the path towards this understanding.