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Sunday, September 20, 2020

**Special Guest Episode on Race, Antiquity, and Its Legacy w/Denise McCoskey**

In today's special guest episode, I am joined by Dr Denise Eileen McCoskey, Professor of Classics and affiliate of Black World Studies at Miami (OH) University. She has written extensively on the politics of race and gender in antiquity and is currently at work on a project examining the role of eugenics in early twentieth-century classical scholarship. In 2012, she published her book Race: Antiquity & Its Legacy, which will be the topic of todays conversation. It accounts for the various ways in which ancient cultures thought about race (including race as social practice and racial representations). We also dig a bit into "Black Athena", a controversial book by Martin Bernal (published in three volumes in 1987, 1991, and 2006) proposing an alternative hypothesis on the origins of ancient Greek civilization, and why the field of Classics handled it so poorly.

Dr Denise Eileen McCoskey
Professor of Classics at Miami (OH) University

Dr. Denise McCoskey - Miami University