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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea - Why the Greeks Matter

Thomas Cahill

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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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Olympia Dukakis

Length:

7h 9m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

11:02