Christchurch, New Zealand (PRWEB) January 21, 2013
GJK Campbell-Dunn’s seminal study “The African Origins of Classical Civilisation” (published by AuthorHouse) presents what he calls “… a wide-ranging panorama of prehistoric civilization and barbarism,” set in the Mediterranean basin.
“Behind the glory of Greece and the grandeur of Rome, there lies a dark shadow,” Campbell-Dunn says. “The shadow of black Africa.” This central premise – that many ancient civilizations, including the Minoans – were influenced by prehistoric African civilizations is what drives his research.
Campbell-Dunn has assembled a battery of evidence to convince readers of his thesis. He draws widely across the area, finding evidence in the cultures of ancient Greece, Homeric Troy, and such widely-spaced landscapes as Sardinia and Spain. The evidence of African art, customs, clothing and language in these places is, he believes, incontrovertible.
“The African Origins of Classical Civilisation” emphasizes archaeological, mythological and cultural data 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.
About the Author
GJK Campbell-Dunn was awarded his M.A. in classics with first class honors by the University of New Zealand and went to Cambridge on a postgraduate scholarship. There he studied under the comparativists W.S. Allen and R.G. Coleman, and was privileged to be taught by John Chadwick, who worked on Mycenaean Greek. His teachers also included John Lyons (Linguistics), Frank Stubbings, R.M. Cook and Hugh Plommer (Archaeology).
Returning to New Zealand he taught classics at university and researched a Ph.D. on Herodotus, the Greek historian and anthropologist. He has a special interest in Italian substrate theory, and has spent his retirement investigating links between Africa and the early Mediterranean.
Campbell-Dunn is the author of many books, including “Who Were the Minoans?” and “Comparative Linguistics : Indo-European and Niger-Congo.”
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