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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter

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Publisher Comments:

In 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.

Review:

"Like his other books, this one is a moving history of an ancient culture." George Cohen, Booklist

Review:

"[H]ighly readable....Like having a worldly, well-versed, and imaginative uncle tell you a good story, tendering the known while fearlessly filling in the gaps with seamless, colorful graftings." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[An] elegant introduction to Greek life and thought....Once again, Cahill gracefully opens up a world that has provided so much of Western culture's characteristic way of thinking." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.

About the Author

THOMAS CAHILL is the author of the three previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills. They have been bestsellers, not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. Cahill was recently invited to address the U.S. Congress on the Judeo-Christian roots of moral responsibility in American politics. He and his wife, Susan, also a writer, divide their time between New York and Rome.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385495547
Author:
Cahill, Thomas
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Thomas Cahill
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys/Ancient & Classical
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
history;greece;non-fiction;ancient greece;ancient history;greek;greeks;classics;western civilization;greek history;civilization;philosophy;culture;ancient;hinges of history;mythology;europe;homer;classical history;classical greece
Subject:
history;greece;non-fiction;ancient greece;ancient history;greek;greeks;classics;western civilization;greek history;civilization;philosophy;culture;ancient;hinges of history;mythology;europe;homer;classical history;classical greece
Subject:
history;greece;non-fiction;ancient greece;ancient history;greek;greeks;classics;greek history;western civilization;civilization;philosophy;culture;hinges of history;ancient;mythology;literature;homer;classical history;classical greece;europe
Subject:
history;greece;non-fiction;ancient greece;ancient history;greek;greeks;classics;western civilization;greek history;civilization;philosophy;culture;ancient;hinges of history;mythology;europe;homer;classical greece;cultural history;literature;classical hist
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Hinges of History
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32PP BandW ILLUS/COLOR ENDPAPERS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.08x5.28x.74 in. .81 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385495547 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Like his other books, this one is a moving history of an ancient culture."
"Review" by , "[H]ighly readable....Like having a worldly, well-versed, and imaginative uncle tell you a good story, tendering the known while fearlessly filling in the gaps with seamless, colorful graftings."
"Review" by , "[An] elegant introduction to Greek life and thought....Once again, Cahill gracefully opens up a world that has provided so much of Western culture's characteristic way of thinking."
"Synopsis" by , In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.
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