August 27, 2008
New Book Explores ‘The African Origins of Classical Civilisation’
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The theatre of Dionysus. Roman gladiator shows. The Olympics. These are just a few of the storied pieces of Greek and Roman myth and history that continue to shape events and customs today in the modern world. But would you believe that all of the above actually have origins in Africa? And that Africa is the actual birthplace of the Greek and Roman classics?
Author, scholar and lecturer GJK Campbell-Dunn explores the possibilities with his fascinating new book, "The African Origins of Classical Civilisation" (published by AuthorHouse -- http://www.authorhouse.com/). Campbell-Dunn explains:
Today the Greek and Roman Classics have become like a museum in which nothing ever changes, and it is forbidden to touch the exhibits. Similarly, the rigid Egyptian Canon and stuffy orthodoxies surrounding Niger-Congo languages are inhibiting the progress of knowledge. We are like a silent congregation sitting in some dusty church, listening to a sermon repeated ad infinitum. The reality behind the Classics, however, is vital, sometimes shocking. Even the terrible deeds of mythology had a factual basis.
Written in a manner that makes it accessible to the general reader while also providing plenty of detailed material for scholarly reference, "The African Origins of Classical Civilisation" is a fascinating read that answers many questions and poses many new ones.
"It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction," Campbell-Dunn writes. "The truth behind mythology goes deeper than a bald, factual narrative."
GJK Campbell-Dunn holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in classics from the University of New Zealand, a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate from the University of Canterbury. Now retired, he was a lecturer in the classics for many years and is the author of numerous publications, including his 2006 book "Who Were The Minoans? An African Answer" (also published by AuthorHouse). For more information, visit http://www.minosminoans.com/.
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