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Lefkowitz, Mary R. 1935-

Works: 59 works in 328 publications in 5 languages and 14,862 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Encyclopedias  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Educational films  Internet videos  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: HQ1127, 305.420938
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Most widely held works about Mary R Lefkowitz
Most widely held works by Mary R Lefkowitz
Women's life in Greece and Rome by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

78 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of translations of Greek and Latin comments on and discussions of women
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? Hardly a week goes by when an article does not appear in a newspaper or magazine by an Afrocentrist writer making such allegations. But so far, no one has responded fully to these Afrocentrist claims or explained why these strange ideas are being circulated, and indeed taught, in American schools and universities. Not Out of Africa is the first book to refute these spurious claims. Mary Lefkowitz examines the ancient evidence and shows how it was misunderstood both in antiquity and in modern time. She explains how we know that Socrates and Cleopatra were Greeks and that Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers did not steal their ideas from Egyptian sources. Lefkowitz, a distinguished classicist, demonstrates that there has been no modern conspiracy among scholars to conceal the debt of Greece to Egypt and that some of the misconceptions arise form the ancient Greeks' own misunderstanding of Egyptian religions. Not Out of Africa explains why revisionist histories of the ancient world are being written now - and perhaps always will be. Modern Afrocentric writers are following a long-established pattern in which peoples, particularly if they regard themselves as having been deprived of a history, seem keen to acquire a glorious past. Lefkowitz explains how the notion that Greek religion and philosophy were derived from Egypt was preserved in the ritual and mythology of Freemasonry, and how extreme Afrocentrists came to allege that what they supposed to be an Egyptian legacy was not just borrowed but actually stolen by the ancient Greeks. This book will be of interest to everyone who cares about the ancient world and its traditions, and to all who believe that our civilization has preserved some of the Greeks' best traditions, such as democratic government, freedom of speech, learning, and discussion
Women in Greek myth by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

48 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first edition of Women in Greek Myth, Mary R. Lefkowitz convincingly challenged narrow, ideological interpretations of the roles of female characters in Greek mythology. Where some scholars saw the Amazons as the last remnant of a forgotten matriarchy, Clytemnestra as a frustrated individualist, and Antigone as an oppressed revolutionary, Lefkowitz argued that such views were justified neither by the myths themselves nor by the relevant documentary evidence. Concentrating on those aspects of women's experience most often misunderstood -- life apart from men, marriage, influence in politics, self-sacrifice and martyrdom, and misogyny -- she presented a far less negative account of the role of Greek women, both ordinary and extraordinary, as manifested in the central works of Greek literature. This updated and expanded edition includes six new chapters on such topics as heroic women in Greek epic, seduction and rape in Greek myth, and the parts played by women in ancient rites and festivals. Revisiting the original chapters as well to incorporate two decades of more recent scholarship, Lefkowitz again shows that what Greek men both feared and valued in women was not their sexuality but their intelligence"--Publisher description
The lives of the Greek poets by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

32 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary R. Lefkowitz has extensively revised and rewritten her classic study to introduce a new generation of students to the lives of the Greek poets. Thoroughly updated with references to the most recent scholarship, this second edition includes new material and fresh analysis of the ancient biographies of Greece's most famous poets. With little or no independent historical information to draw on, ancient writers searched for biographical data in the poets' own works and in comic poetry about them
Greek gods, human lives : what we can learn from myths by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Greek Gods, Human Lives, preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that the Greek myths, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. These stories - as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others - offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood." "We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well."--Jacket
Black Athena revisited by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics covered include race and physical anthropology; the question of an Egyptian invasion of Greece; the origins of Greek language, philosophy, and science; and racism and anti-Semitism in classical scholarship. In the conclusion to the volume, the editors propose an entirely new scholarly framework for understanding the relationship between the cultures of the ancient Near East and Greece and the origins of Western civilization
Heroines and hysterics by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

13 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victory ode : an introduction by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published in 1976 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek gods( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an overview of the deities of ancient Greek mythology
First-person fictions : Pindar's poetic "I" by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides and the gods by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although readers continue to believe that in his dramas Euripides was questioning the nature and sometimes even the existence of the gods, and that through his dramas he sought to reveal the flaws in the traditional religious beliefs of his own time, this book argues that instead of seeking to undermine ancient religion, Euripides is describing with a brutal realism what the gods are like, and reminding his mortal audience of the limitations of human understanding
Classical mythology its origins and impact( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating program, four classicists explore the origins of classical mythology and its relationship with other aspects of Greek culture, tracing subsequent influences on Western civilization. Topics discussed include cultural transmission among the Mediterranean peoples of the 8th century BC, the derivation of texts attributed to Homer and Hesiod, interpretations of the myths of Phaeton and Callisto, the connections between Greek myth and tragedy, the Roman use of myths, and applications of modern critical theory to mythology
History lesson : a race odyssey by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1990s, Classics professor Mary Lefkowitz discovered that one of her faculty colleagues at Wellesley College was teaching his students that Greek culture had been stolen from Africa and that Jews were responsible for the slave trade. This book tells the disturbing story of what happened when she spoke out. Lefkowitz quickly learned that to investigate the origin and meaning of myths composed by people who have for centuries been dead and buried is one thing, but it is quite another to critique myths that living people take very seriously. She also found that many in academia were reluctant to challenge the fashionable idea that truth is merely a form of opinion. For her insistent defense of obvious truths about the Greeks and the Jews, Lefkowitz was embroiled in turmoil for a decade. She faced institutional indifference, angry colleagues, reverse racism, anti-Semitism, and even a lawsuit intended to silence her. In History Lesson Lefkowitz describes what it was like to experience directly the power of both postmodernism and compensatory politics. She offers personal insights into important issues of academic values and political correctness, and she suggests practical solutions for the divisive and painful problems that arise when a political agenda takes precedence over objective scholarship. Her forthright tale uncovers surprising features in the landscape of higher education and an unexpected need for courage from those who venture there
Pandora's daughters : the role and status of women in Greek and Roman antiquity by Eva Cantarella( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pindar by Mary R Lefkowitz( )

in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek plays : sixteen plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of women in the ancient world by Joyce E Salisbury( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extensive and engaging A-to-Z encyclopedia, illustrated with many rare and revealing images, tells the stories of the famous and the ordinary, treating subjects as diverse as Greek heroine cults, the daily life of the German warrior women and the intrigue, glory and power of ancient Romeʼs imperial women. Hundreds of well-researched entries, each with suggestions for further reading, give a rounded view of the lives of women in the ancient world
Not out of Africa : the origins of Greece and the illusions of Afrocentrists by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history
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Lefkowitz, M. R.

Lefkowitz, M. R. 1935-

Lefkowitz, M. R. (Mary R.), 1935-

Lefkowitz, Mary.

Lefkowitz, Mary 1935-

Lefkowitz, Mary R.

Mary Lefkowitz American classical scholar

Mary Lefkowitz Amerikaans klassiek filologe

Mary Lefkowitz US-amerikanische Altphilologin

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Лефковиц, Мэри

Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as historyWomen in Greek mythGreek gods, human lives : what we can learn from mythsBlack Athena revisitedFirst-person fictions : Pindar's poetic "I"Classical mythology its origins and impactHistory lesson : a race odysseyPandora's daughters : the role and status of women in Greek and Roman antiquityEncyclopedia of women in the ancient world