Picks and Pans Review: Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea:Why the Greeks Matter

UPDATED 12/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

By Thomas Cahill

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



Mixing erudite passages with earthy humor, historian Cahill outlines a sweeping, engrossing view of the world's first democrats. Cahill, who has written books about the medieval Irish, the ancient Jews and the birth of Christianity, this time guides us through the greatness of Greek plays, military tactics and political thinking, arguing that Greek democracy was superior in some respects to ours. But the book is also fun. Cahill points out nouns that have become warped over the centuries—"tyrant" once meant "leader of excellence"—and finds Greek roots for today's stories: The Minotaur, kept in a labyrinth and satiated with human sacrifices, was a precursor of Jack Nicholson's mad caretaker in The Shining.

HISTORY

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters