• The Stolen Legacy

  • Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy
  • By: George G. M. James
  • Narrated by: Anthony Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (728 ratings)

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By: George G. M. James
Narrated by: Anthony Stewart
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Publisher's Summary

In this classic work, Professor George G. M. James methodically shows how the Greeks first borrowed and then stole the knowledge from the Priests of the African (Egyptian) Mystery System. He shows how the most popular philosophers including Thales, Anaximander, Plato, and Socrates were all treated as men bringing a foreign teaching to Greece. A teaching so foreign that they were persecuted for what they taught. He further shows a comparison of the teachings of the Mysteries to what they taught and with the former predating them the Professor’s point is made clear, "In truth there is no such thing as a Greek Philosophy."

Public Domain (P)2011 Anthony Stewart, LLC

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Provocative, well researched.

If you could sum up The Stolen Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Logical, thoughtful and revealing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stolen Legacy?

I was particularly drawn to the appendix where the author presents a snapshot of all the facts, evidence and inferences that define the source of Greek philosophy. It presents a logical if somewhat impassioned justification for the books basis: Greek Philosophy owes it's roots if not entire substance to the Egyptian Mysteries. It has inspired me to do additional studies on this subject.

Which scene was your favorite?

Unlike a novel this is a scholarly work where each "scene" is a revelation based on examination of historical documentation and then outlining the possible steps (where the historical record is blank) that would lead to the next scene. There is no "favorite scene". There is the satisfaction of understanding the facts and like a good forensic detective, developing the most plausible and realistic scenario based on the information available.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book was moving in the sense that it called into question facts that I for one had never before considered questioning. Professor James made a comment to the effect, "that it is utterly unique in the human experience for one man, Aristotle to be proficient in virtually all the sciences and to create a body of work, that by any standard is beyond the capabilities of a single individual in a single life time." This fact alone should prompt each us to pursue a scholarly search to either affirm or disprove the conclusions which have been presented in this volume.

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A thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. I listened to it as an audio book at first then read the text and took notes for further research. It can be tedious to read or listen to at times because of the authors meticulous attention to detail, but I found it well worth the effort and would recommend this to any one with a scientific mind and who is willing to apply the scientific method. It flies in the face of conventional wisdom and while the author has the stated agenda of elevating the stature of the African, which draws immediate rebuke and caustic responses, I believe this work stands on its own, is valid and deserves wider dessimenation and inspection. I for one will do my part on both accords.

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Outstanding, one of my favorites in print

What made the experience of listening to The Stolen Legacy the most enjoyable?

The actual factual history (our story) which supports the hypothesis of the ultimate Jack Move. This is Not intended to be a complement, but a suggest that there's nothing new under the sun should be observed. The accomplishments of the Kemetic (Egyptian) people represents an outstanding civilization that provided gifts to the world , religion, math, science and medicine that exceeds the current civilization in that it was in harmony with nature.

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This is what the world needs

We are all victim of the lies, the untruths and the discrepancies perpetuated by racist Europe and America… Not saying that all Europe/America is racist, but suggesting that there has been, historically, a powerful faction that have systematically divided and conquered the masses of melaninated peoples around the world The mental bondage is proving to be much worse than the physical. Stripping one of his history is a sure way to keep him contained in bondage. Information like this... Truth, is needed if we are ever to restore balance in the world. This information should be taught in all schools and infused into the curriculum.

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Disappointing / un-objective.

I couldnt make it very long into this book, which was disappointing because i wanted to learn things i possibly didnt know, however (and especially with a book about philosophy) the arguments should be a little more objective. Within the first 10 minutes, the author states that “Aristotle studied under Plato for 20 years, but plato was a scientist (implying not a philosopher) so how could aristotle learn anything about philosophy from plato”...... Gregor Mendel was a friar and abbot, but his studies lead to the foundation of modern genetics... and further more, they didnt have “scientists” back then - even as of Isaac Newton’s day, he was a “natural philosopher” not a “scientist” / “physicist”... Philosophy is the foundation to most of the scientific fields to begin with... there were other flawed statements within the 10 minutes, but this one was the kicker. If you’re going to be that un-objective, clearly i cant trust anything else you present in the book.

A second very noticeable flaw is that within those 10 minutes, the author sets forth the claim that Aristotle “stole” all the works and just put his name to them, because theres too many works attributed to Aristotle for one man to complete in a lifetime.... - Aristotle is attributed with about 200 works, which is nothing, for a life time that doesnt consist of the modern struggle of having to work 40+ hours a week to pay bills... if your job was tutoring and research, anyone could produce this number - and academics do today.... thats not 200 books, thats 200 manuscripts, essays, etc. - Theres lecturers in The Great Courses series that are close to this number of published articles, essays, books, etc. furthermore, literature contextual critics of an author show that people tend to have the same vocab, way of saying things, syntax, in their productions - this is how they find pseudo authorship ( pseudepigrapha) of books in modern times.. .... if Aristotle just took all the works and put his name down on them as his own, it’d be easily identifiable.

I’m sure ideas were stolen and / or shared, but this book starts out very unfortunate and sets the first introduction as way too biased, to be able to listen further. For the statements i did hear, there was no evidence, just statements.

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Very disappointed

The argument was poorly constructed. Mostly speculation with little evidence to support the argument. When actual facts were stated, such as his long rant about the military conquests of the ancient world, they were irrelevant to the actual argument. To top it all off the narrator performed as if it was a race to the finish. I had to stop the recording to digest the material. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone that has no knowledge of the subject.

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Disappointed!

Great content. Narrator made something that could have been beautiful sound technical and hard to follow. Voice infliction and pronunciations were just plain bad. Find a narrator who can pronounce Latin and African languages and I'd love to revisit this seemingly great piece of literature.

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Excellent!

This is an indepth and thorough examination of the stolen history of African people. I found myself rewinding and replaying many chapters of this book in order to grasp the knowledge within it.

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Compelling Information Poorly Read

The information delivered was both compelling and of great interest, however, I was annoyed be the readers obvious intention to pronouncements, and annunciation of words leading me to question his understanding of a decidedly scholarly topic. His delivery was similar in the reading of "The Miseducation of the Negro."

If the reader insists on continuing a career or efforts in the pursuit of the sorely needed service of delivery of important knowledge such as this I implore him to please overcome his obvious "laziness" in preparation to understand the delivery of such worthwhile subject matter that would be of service to his reputation, and the listeners' clearer understanding.

At present the reader embarrasses himself.

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Wealth of information on true religious history.

Loved this book and all of the great work put forth in creating it. Excellent!

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More like a term paper than a book

I did not get very far with with book. I am sympathetic to the general thesis of the book and was looking forward to a discourse on Egyptian philosophy. But Stolen Legacy is more like a sophomore-year essay than a reasoned discourse. The tone is relentlessly aggrieved, hectoring, almost angry and the content seems more like an outline than an expository narrative. I was very disappointed.

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  • 08-20-18

Insightful

Definitely listening to it again. Very informative and revealing. It has ignited a desire to also do some research. It throws so much light on so many historical facts v

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  • MR DEVON C FFRENCH
  • 05-29-20

At last some sanity

I loved this book in its directness, its clarity, its shining light on the truth. The age old adage
" truth shall come to light" comes to mind. Now 2+2 =4

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  • Christina
  • 03-03-21

Brilliant and highlights so much

This is a GREAT book. well researched and positive. This book hasn't been researched and put together to slam the Greeks, but more so putting facts into perspective.
So many scholars know it would have been impossible for the 3 main men to have created what they 'did, and now we have proof.
The sad thing about this book is how the world will take the information.
I believe this should be made national news, but the agenda for segregation is huge, the truth is out there but no one wants to hear it.
It is about changing a mindset and changing the ideas of ignorance.
I will ensure everyone I know, knows about this book.

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  • ikenna
  • 03-19-22

Highly recommended

I read this book word by word and line by line. Very informative and revealing. The researches into what Africa lost as a continent and as a people must be done. I highly recommend this book for any person or student serious about the knowledge of African history.