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Black women in antiquity
Van Sertima, Ivan.
Revised edition, Sept. 1987.
Publication Information:
New Brunswick (U.S.A.) : Transaction Publishers, [1988]

Physical Description:
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Original ed. published April 1984.
Ethiopian and Egyptian queens and goddesses -- African Eve : introduction and summary / Great queens of Ethiopia / Female Horuses and great wives of Kemet / Nefertiti : queen to a sacred mission / Tiye : Nubian queen of Egypt / Egypt's Isis : the original black madonna / African goddesses : mothers of civilization / Black woman in ancient art -- Female style and beauty in ancient Africa : a photo essay / Image of woman in African cave art / Conquerors and courtesans -- African warrior queens / African women in early Europe / Hypatia and women's rights in ancient Egypt / Black madonnas of Europe : diffusion of the African Isis / Hatshepsut
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Central Library HQ1137.A3 B55 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Frank E. Merriweather Library HQ1137.A3 B55 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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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 civilizations.

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