This book arose from Graham Campbell-Dunn’s research into Minoan Linear A. See his Who Were the Minoans? (2006). The syllabic sign system used on prehistoric Crete, he discovered, was related to the systems of pictographs found by Marçel Griaule in the Sudan, but also to Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Cretan customs, such as bulljumping, turned out also to have African parallels. Bullfighting took the author to Spain, Greece, Rome, and early India. Wherever bullfighting occurred other African practices such as phallic cults, mysterious mounds (sometimes with breasts) and mask festivals were found. The problem regarding the red flesh of Minoan men, but white flesh of their women on the wall paintings was explained by the Bantu practice of whiting females at puberty.
Not only the Minoan language but also Basque and Etruscan show basic vocabulary that is Niger-Congo and all have African hand-based numerals : IIII “four” (fingers), = “tens” (two arms). Even Greek, Latin and Sanskrit showed strong African linguistic connections. See the author’s Comparative Linguistics : Indo-European and Niger-Congo (2006) for a demonstration.
Particularly important was the discovery that prominent placenames in the Aegean and Mediterranean came from Africa. Bari and Como are obvious examples, as are Phaistos and Paestum (African Bai, Vai, Pai). The widespread placename Minoa was evidently called after the Nigerian fertility goddess Minona. The author concluded that King Minos of Crete had been invented by the mythographers.
In more remote regions such as Sardinia, the Greek Islands, and Troy vestiges were found of African influence. The conclusion that the Greek and Roman Classics came out of Africa, became incontrovertible.
Herodotus proved a valuable source and guide in investigating the preclassical civilisations. A map on the back cover of the book shows the World of Herodotus, and the diverse nations and tribes known to him.
This book particularly emphasises archaeological, mythological and cultural data, which are more accessible to the general reader, and presents the African Classics in a broad historical context. But it is also documented and indexed for scholarly reference.
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SAMOTHRAKI GREECE 1973, a talk including Dardanus, King of Samothrace.
SAMOTHRAKI GREECE 1973
The small ferry-boat takes us from Alexandroupolis to Kamariotissa, the only port of Samothraki, in the northern Aegean. We go ashore to visit, first and foremost, an important archaeological site: the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, whose mystery cult rivalled that of Eleusis in ancient Greece. It was while paying his respects at the sanctuary that Philip of Macedonia met Olympia, who subsequently became his wife and the mother of Alexander the Great. We also visit the island capital, a picturesque village sited amphitheatrically at the foot of a mountain.
Α Super 8mm film by A.G. BONAR.
Frame by frame scanning by AYLON PRODUCTIONS.
Το μικρό φέρι-μποτ μας πηγαίνει από την Αλεξανδρούπολη στην Καμαριώτισσα, το μοναδικό λιμάνι της Σαμοθράκης, στο Βόρειο Αιγαίο. Αποβιβαζόμαστε για να επισκεφτούμε, πρώτα και κύρια, έναν σημαντικό αρχαιολογικό χώρο: το ιερό των Μεγάλων Θεών που, στην αρχαία Ελλάδα, τα μυστήρια της λατρείας τους ανταγωνίζονταν εκείνα της Ελευσίνας. Εδώ, όταν είχε έρθει να προσκυνήσει το ιερό, ο Φίλιππος ο Μακεδών συνάντησε την Ολυμπία, που αργότερα έγινε γυναίκα του και μητέρα του Αλεξάνδρου του Μεγάλου. Επισκεπτόμαστε επίσης την πρωτεύουσα του νησιού, ένα γραφικό χωριό που απλώνεται αμφιθεατρικά στους πρόποδες του βουνού.
H ταινία γυρίστηκε απο τον A.G. BONAR το 1973 σε Super 8mm film.
Η ψηφιοποίηση του film super 8mm έγινε από την AYLON PRODUCTIONS με την τεχνολογία Frame by frame scanning .
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