'Your secret language': classics in the British colonies of West Africa
Goff, B. (2013) 'Your secret language': classics in the British colonies of West Africa. Classical Diaspora. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp248. ISBN 9781780932057
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What were the cultural politics of classics in British colonies? Did classical education operate as a sign of oppression, or as a tool for forging an anti-colonial politics? Why did Europeans bring the classics to West Africa, and how did they manage the developing dynamic when West Africans laid independent claim to the classical heritage? This ground-breaking study examines the ways in which European colonisers and West African nationalists clashed, or collaborated, over the uses of Latin, Greek and the classics.
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