Stolen Legacy

George G. M. James

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Stolen Legacy: The Greeks Were Not the Authors of Greek Philosophy, But the People of North Africa, Commonly Called the Egyptians is a book by Guyanese-American historian George G. M. James, first published in 1954. In this book, James argues that Greek philosophy wasn't originally developed by the ancient Greeks themselves. Instead, he suggests that it was borrowed from the Ancient Egyptians during Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt. According to James, Alexander looted the Royal Library at Alexandria, taking valuable texts that influenced prominent figures like Aristotle. He also references earlier Greek sources like Herodotus, who acknowledged Greece's cultural indebtedness to Egypt. Additionally, James highlights Greek philosophers like Pythagoras and Plato, believed to have studied in Egypt. The book leans on Freemasonry writings to assert that Greco-Roman mysteries stem from an 'Egyptian Mystery System.' However, historians critique James for inaccurately citing these sources. Overall, his thesis, as presented in Stolen Legacy, has been widely dismissed as pseudohistory by academic historians.

This book has 55,138 words, 103 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1954.

Production notes: This ebook of Stolen Legacy was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 10th March 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Entry of Alexander into Babylon' by Charles Le Brun.

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