oa Alternation - W.H.I. Bleek and Black Athena

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This essay attempts to include the South African research of the German philologist W.H.I. Bleek within the issues raised by volume 1 of Martin Bernal's Black Athena: the Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization. In addition we offer for the first time a translation of supplementary passages that appeared in Bleek's Reinecke Fuchs in Afrika. Fabeln und Mrchen der Eingebornen (Weimar 1870), the German version of his earlier Reynard the Fox in South Africa: or Hottentot fables and tales (London 1864). In these passages Bleek addresses his German readers on the topic of the linkage between African languages and Egyptian languages - the very subject of Bernal's provocative thesis.

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