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Black Women in Antiquity [Paperback]

Ivan Van Sertima
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Dec 31 1988 0878559825 978-0878559824 2
This unique volume provides an overview of the black queens, madonnas, and goddesses who dominated the history and imagination of ancient times. The authors have concentrated on Ethiopia and Egypt because the documents of the Nile Valley are voluminous compared to the sketchier records in other parts of Africa, but also because the imagination of the world, not just that of Africa, was haunted by these women. They are just as prominent a feature of European mythology as of African reality. The book is divided into three parts: Ethiopia and Egyptian Queens and Goddesses; Black Women in Ancient Art; and Conquerors and Courtesans. This second edition contains two new chapters, one on Hypatia and women's rights in ancient Egypt, and the other on the diffusion into Europe of Isis, the African goddess of Nile Valley civiliations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book June 30 2003
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THIS IS A WELL RESEARCHED AND VERY SCHOLARLY BOOK. IVAN VAN SERTIMA AS WELL AS THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS WORK HAVE PRODUCED MUCH INSIGHT ON AFRICAN WOMEN IN WORLD HITORY LIKE QUEEN NZINGA, THE CANDACE QUEENS, MAKEDA (QUEEN SHEBA, HATSHEPSUT AND MANY OTHERS. I FEEL THAT THIS WORK IS OF GREAT SIGNIFIGANCE AND SHOULD BE READ BY ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE ROLE OF AFRICAN WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any woman of color March 2 2009
By Billy Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a beacon of light in a sea of darkness. By this I mean that there are not enough books the give strong powerful images of Black women in history, and especially of strong black women of history before the "African Holocost". That is what this book does in a singularly powerful way. When I first read this book, I immediately purchased four more copies for the four women in my life that I loved: my girlfriend, my mother, and my two sisters. This book is a godsend. That is why I say bthis book is a must read for any woman of color. This is that strong powerful book that shows strong powerful images. It shows our Joan of Arcs, our Queen Victorias, and our Queen Elizabeths. People need an image of greatness that represents them, and black women receive their image of greatness.

You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book for yourself or for a black woman in your life. This is one of our redemption songs.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another job well-done by Van Sertima! Feb. 22 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Without being too lengthy, this book thoroughly covers the real and mythical images of the Black woman. It is a wonderful collection of essays from various authors such as the late, great John Henrik Clarke. Historical without afrocentricism. Balanced yet interesting. Do yourself a favor. Purchase the book and order tapes from the back of the book. Another fearless accomplishment by Van Sertima.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book June 30 2003
By C. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
THIS IS A WELL RESEARCHED AND VERY SCHOLARLY BOOK. IVAN VAN SERTIMA AS WELL AS THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS WORK HAVE PRODUCED MUCH INSIGHT ON AFRICAN WOMEN IN WORLD HITORY LIKE QUEEN NZINGA, THE CANDACE QUEENS, MAKEDA (QUEEN SHEBA, HATSHEPSUT AND MANY OTHERS. I FEEL THAT THIS WORK IS OF GREAT SIGNIFIGANCE AND SHOULD BE READ BY ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE ROLE OF AFRICAN WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Women-Mother to Civilization and Bringer of Greatness! Aug. 20 2005
By Richard J. Godbolt - Published on Amazon.com
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Ivan Van Sertima does it again with this amazing book, profiling various African women throughout history, with the words and research of the best scholars. In this book, it begins with the scientific mother of civilization, know dubbed Lucy, who's bones were found in Ethiopia. If what archeaologist know have is correct, an African women birthed all the peoples of the earth 150,000 years ago. This book also touches on Hapshesut, who was probably, the most outspoken women in Egypt, who refused to take the back seat to then Thutmose III, and ruled Egypt as a man. Next this novel goes to the Queen Candaces. During the Invasions of Alexander, the Candaces fought him off and refused to allow him and his men to enter Nubia, after they had capitures Africa's most known daughter Egypt. Another point, but not the least this book touches on is Nzhinga. Nzhinga fought the Portugese invasions off, refused to become a Christian and adopt a Christian name, and fought to stop the slavery that was then, in it's beginning stages.

In the end, this book is excellent and lives up to the standard that we are used to getting from Van Sertima. This is an asset to every Libary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 19 2012
By Big Sistah Patty - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent. I love Ivan Van Sertima. He is one of my favorite historians. I learn a lot and was reminded of some things I already knew.
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