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Title:Etruscan adds four hundred years of history to 'Africa' as a name, a concept and a continent
Author:Woudhuizen, Fred C.ISNI
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy
Geographic term:Africa
historical sources
Abstract:Customarily the beginning of the history of a nation, a country, or an institution is marked by the availability of written sources. Thus the history of the concept of Africa - central to the identity of Africans and African-Americans - is usually made to begin in the third century, in the context of Ancient Rome's Punic Wars. The present author, however, an international specialist on the languages of the Ancient Mediterranean, including Etruscan, presents the case for reading a late 7th-century BC Etruscan text as an attestation of the word 'Africa', thus adding four hundred years to African history. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]