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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Hinges of History)

 
 
 
 
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Hinges of History)
Author: Thomas Cahill
ISBN 13: 9780385495547
ISBN 10: 385495544
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2004-07-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $17.00
 
 

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“A triumph of popularization: extraordinarily knowledgeable, informal in tone, amusing, wide-ranging, smartly paced.” —The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times

Thomas Cahill's Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea is the fourth book in a best-selling series that treats Western history as a long chain of gift-giving to the world, where the gifts are art, literature, political and moral values, science and philosophy. He is a talented writer, and his tour of Greek culture is a triumph of popularization: extraordinarily knowledgeable, informal in tone, amusing, wide-ranging, smartly paced. We learn much from him about Greek achievements, from Homer's epic vision to the importance of free speech, from the development of the disciplined war machine the Greeks called the phalanx to Plato's love of reason. Cahill has produced an updated version of Edith Hamilton's beloved Greek Way of 75 years ago, one that is much more sensitive to the Greeks' oppression of women and uncritical endorsement of slavery, their tinges of xenophobia and the fearsome nature of their war making. — Joy Connolly