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The African Egyptian origins of Greek Philosophy are explored in George James’ Stolen Legacy in which George James shows how the philosophy of Egypt which arose in Ancient Kemet found expression in the works of Greek Philosophers like Thales, Plato, Socrates and Aristotle who had received training in the knowledge of the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt from Egyptian Priests.
The Ionians are said to have implemented Greece’s Cretan civilisation, and it would be Ionan Philosophers like Thales who had travelled to Egypt to receive Training in the Egyptian mysteries from Egyptian Priests that would be amongst the first to introduce the concepts of Egyptian Philosophy and Cosmology to Greece.
Philosophers like Socrates, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Democritus and Anaxagoras would also travel to Egypt in order to receive training from Egyptian Priests.
Social Resistance To Early Greek Philosophy In Greece
The stories of the persecution experienced by Greek Philosophers like Socrates suggest that the early Greek Philosophers were propagating a system of thought that was initially alien to Greeks themselves.
As a result, in its early days, Greek Philosophy was considered radical and heretical precisely because its principles were unknown to most Greeks except the enlightened ones who had travelled to Egypt and received training in the Egyptian mysteries.
It is against this backdrop that we can understand events like the death of Socrates as evidence of the African origins of Greek philosophy.
Some ideas The Greeks Borrowed From Egyptian Philosophy
The Physical Sciences
Thales, regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of Greek Philosophy received his training in Egypt’s Ancient mystery system in which science, spirituality and philosophy were combined.
His insights such as water as being the primordial substance formed the basis of Western Physical Sciences which would not have been possible without the knowledge he had obtained from his studies of the Egyptian Mystery system.
The Concept Of Logos
The Greek concept of Logos understood as the Divine Metaphysical Word which finds expression in the Physical world was also part of the Ancient Egyptian Mystery Teachings based on the Medu Neter which taught that the Universe is an expression of the Divine word or will of the Creator which the Greeks express as Logos.
The Egyptian Gods
The Ancient Gods of Egypt like Hermes or Thot were also borrowed from Ancient Egypt.
However, instead of understanding the Egyptian Gods as metaphoric expressions of the Metaphysical aspects of nature according to the wisdom of the Medu Meter, the Greeks personified the Egyptian Neteru, and created a Pantheon of Polytheistic Dieties based on the Egyptian Mystery System.
The Study of Medicine
Greeks acquired their knowledge of modern medicine from that which had existed in Ancient Egypt from the time of Pharaoh Imhotep in about the 3rd millennia BC.
Indeed, the Hippocratic Oath itself contains a reference to the Egyptian Genius Imhotep whom the Greeks called Asclepius.
Conclusion On The Egyptian African Origins Of Greek Philosophy
There is certainly a great deal of evidence to suggest that Greek Philosophy has its origins in Ancient Egypt.
Such an understanding of the African origins of Greek Philosophy in Ancient Egypt helps us realise the Historical importance of Africa on the development of philosophical thinking and the real place African Philosophy should hold in the world.
Perhaps the greatest evidence that the Ancient Greeks themselves held the Africans of Ancient Kemet in high esteem by acknowledging the Egyptian influence on Greek Philosophy and Culture is the fact that Alexander The Great visited the Oasis at Siwah in the Libyan desert where he consulted the Oracle of the Ancient Egyptian God Ammon.