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Sailing the wine-dark sea [why the Greeks matter]

by Cahill, Thomas.

Format: Book on CD 2003
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD 909.09 Cahi
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Recorded Book
Call Number  BCD 909.09 Cahi
Upper St. Clair Township Library Audiobooks AUDIO-CD 938.004 CAH
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Audiobooks
Call Number  AUDIO-CD 938.004 CAH
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.
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.
The Greeks invented everything from Western warfare to mystical prayer, from logic to statecraft. Many of their achievements, particularly in art and philosophy, are widely celebrated; other important innovations and accomplishments, however, are unknown or underappreciated. In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Thomas Cahill explores the legacy, good and bad, of the ancient Greeks. From the origins of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European tribes into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, to the formation of the city-states, to the birth of Western literature, poetry, drama, philosophy, art, and architecture, Cahill makes the distant past relevant to the present.
Greek society is one of the two primeval influences on the Western world: While Jews gave us our value system, the Greeks set the foundation and framework for our intellectual lives. They are responsible for our vocabulary, our logic, and our entire system of categorization. They provided the intellectual tools we bring to bear on problems in philosophy, mathematics, medicine, physics, and the other sciences. Their modes of thinking, considered in classical times to be the pinnacle of human achievement, are largely responsible for the shape that the Christian religion took. But, as Cahill points out, the Greeks left a less appealing bequest as well. They created Western militarism and, in making the warrior the ultimate ideal, perpetrated the assumption that only males could be entrusted with the duties of citizenship. The consequences of their exclusion of women from the political sphere and the social segregation of the sexes continue to reverberate today. Full of surprising, often controversial, insights, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea is a remarkable intellectual adventure--conducted by the most companionable guide imaginable. Cahill's knowledge of his sources is so intimate that he has made his own fresh translations of the Greek lyric poets for this volume.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is Cahill's fourth volume in his Hinges of History series, and three more are planned. He begins with a discussion of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and how these two epic poems relate to the history of Greece. He then focuses on such themes as the Greek alphabet, literature, and political system, and its playwrights, philosophers, and artists. A final chapter examines the effects that Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions had on each other. Despite its exceedingly Jewish roots, Christianity became a player in the Greco-Roman world, a world shaped by Greek culture and Roman power, he says. He points out that Greek, not Hebrew, became the language of Christianity, that its sacred writings--which came to be known as the New Testament--were written in Greek, and that the gospel was preached throughout the ancient world in\b the Greek tongue. Like his other books, this one is a moving history of an ancient culture. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this elegant introduction to Greek life and thought, Cahill provides the same majestic historical survey he has already offered for the Irish, the Jews and the Christians. He eloquently narrates the rise of Greek civilization and cannily isolates six archetypal figures representative of the development of Greek thinking. He opens with a consideration of Homer's Iliad and its glorification of the warrior way as an exemplum of life in the Greek state. Cahill then proceeds to offer an evolutionary look at the rise and fall of Greece by examining the wanderer (Odysseus), the politician (Solon), the playwright (Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides), the poet (Sappho), the philosopher (the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle) and the artist (Praxiteles). These figures provide lessons in how to feel, how to rule, how to party, how to think and how to see. For example, Cahill contends that Odysseus reveals longing and desire for love, domestic peace and his homeland, while the rage of Achilles offers us lessons in the way to fight for one's homeland. The book is full of whimsical characterizations, such as the depiction of Socrates as a "squat, ugly, barefoot man who did not bathe too often." The author includes generous portions of the original writings in order to provide the flavor of the Greek way. Once again, Cahill gracefully opens up a world that has provided so much of Western culture's characteristic way of thinking. (On sale Oct. 28) Forecast: The most recent two titles in Cahill's Hinges of History series each have well over 200,000 hardcover copies in print, and the first printing for this is 175,000. Given Cahill's track record and this book's strengths, it should make bestseller lists. It's a main selection of the History Book Club and a BOMC selection. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series The Hinges of History series
#1 - How the Irish saved civilization
#2 - The Gifts of the Jews
#3 - Desire of the everlasting hills
#4 - Sailing the wine-dark sea
#5 - Mysteries of the Middle Ages
Subjects Civilization, Western -- Greek influences.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Publisher [New York] :Random House Audio,2003
Contributors Dukakis, Olympia.
Participants/Performers Read by Olympia Dukakis.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Compact discs.
Subtitle from container.
Description 6 audio discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0739306871
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