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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cahill Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hinges of History Series Release Date:
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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 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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jennie | 1/26/2014

    " To me? This book seemed poorly organized, unnecessarily wordy, slightly arrogant, and frankly, dull. This book really didn't do much to convince the reader how, in fact, the Greeks actually do matter. Even though I know that already. I picked it up expecting to be motivated into more reading about the region and it's history. Guess I'll try again later with a different book as my starting point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 1/24/2014

    " I think I am just plain in love with this author. Historical facts that reads with the enjoyment of a novel. I can't wait for the next book of the seriesx of the "Hinges of History" to come out. I have made my husband and pastor fans of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauri | 1/20/2014

    " I have enjoyed all of the books in this series as to why certain groups matter to civilization as a whole. Cahill is funny and accessible. I learned an enormous amount about ancient Greeks - names that I had some idea about but really no much knowledge at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dad | 1/14/2014

    " Nice summary of the Hellenistic world and its relation to modern Western civilization. Very readable. "

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