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In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, his fourth volume to explore " the hinges of history, " Thomas Cahill escorts the reader on another entertaining-- and ...Show synopsisIn Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, his fourth volume to explore " the hinges of history, " Thomas Cahill escorts the reader on another entertaining-- and historically unassailable-- journey through the landmarks of art and bloodshed that defined Greek culture nearly three millennia ago. In the city-states of Athens and Sparta and throughout the Greek islands, honors could be won in making love and war, and lives were rife with contradictions. By developing the alphabet, the Greeks empowered the reader, demystified experience, and opened the way for civil discussion and experimentation-- yet they kept slaves. The glorious verses of the Iliad recount a conflict in which rage and outrage spur men to action and suggest that their " bellicose society of gleaming metals and rattling weapons" is not so very distant from more recent campaigns of " shock and awe." And, centuries before Zorba, Greece was a land where music, dance, and freely flowing wine were essential to the high life. Granting equal time to the sacred and the profane, Cahill rivets our attention to the legacies of an ancient and enduring worldview.Hide synopsis
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Nan A. Talese) – Hardcover (2003)
Hardcover, Nan A. Talese 2003
ISBN: 0385495536 ISBN-13: 9780385495530
In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization" brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization" brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.Hide
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Many "classisists" write about the ancient Greeks with an arch, superior tone that intimidates people who are not classical scholars. Cahill, by contrast, does not need to prove how smart he is. He sets out to enlighten and inspire his readers. This book demystifies such glorious stories as the Iliad ...
Good reading, but not oustandingly insightful . . . this is more a historical review or straight-up greek classical history, than any meaningful interpretation or analysis of why the Greeks are important.
Well, its been a while since I read the book, got it from the Library. It was so interesting that I had to get a copy for myself. I want to learn, and this is a great way to do it. I have never been to Greece, but I believe the author, Tom Cahill ? , I'm not close to the book now, am on the road, ...
cahill is a gem, not only a good researcher and historian but a damn entertaining and titillating writer. the humor and downright naughtiness in this informative but racy read make this one of my favorite resources.
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