Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


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In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization" brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.

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Steve S

Jun 27, 2013

I buy this book for my friends

Many "classisists" write about the ancient Greeks with an arch, superior tone that intimidates people who are not classical scholars. Cahill, by contrast, does not need to prove how smart he is. He sets out to enlighten and inspire his readers. This book demystifies such glorious stories as the Iliad, and gives us a deep appreciation of some of the Greeks' inventions, including democracy.


Jan 17, 2008

mixed pleasure

Good reading, but not oustandingly insightful . . . this is more a historical review or straight-up greek classical history, than any meaningful interpretation or analysis of why the Greeks are important.


Oct 11, 2007

If you love Greek History, you'll love this !

Well, its been a while since I read the book, got it from the Library. It was so interesting that I had to get a copy for myself. I want to learn, and this is a great way to do it. I have never been to Greece, but I believe the author, Tom Cahill ? , I'm not close to the book now, am on the road, allowed me, a forester, by education, to really appreciate a very special time in human history. Its fascinating.
He wrote another book, fascinating to me, about cod, and I believe one about salt as well. Salt, got to me, I kept drinking water, and never did finish it, but Cod, was awesome and the wine dark sea just captivated me. Well worth the few $$$ to have and enjoy over and over.


Jun 29, 2007

wine-dark sweetness

cahill is a gem, not only a good researcher and historian but a damn entertaining and titillating writer. the humor and downright naughtiness in this informative but racy read make this one of my favorite resources.

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