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23. Bulfinch's Mythology:Gods and
24. Sailing the Wine Dark Sea **ISBN:
25. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why
26. Ask Me Again Tomorrow: Olympia
27. Ask Me Again Tomorrow (P)
28. Greek American Politicians: Spiro


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23. Bulfinch's Mythology:Gods and Heroes
by Thomas Bulfinch
Audio Cassette: Pages (2003-04-01)
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Asin: 0060533242
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The myths created by the Greeks and Romans, and the tales of the heroes and heroines that emerged during the Age of Chivalry in Europe, reflect man's enduring emotions: jealousy and hatred, compassion and devotion. They deal with the challenges that still confront man -- the search for truth, for a deeper understanding of the natural world, and of man's own nature.

Brought to popularity by American author Thomas Bulfinch, and beautifully recorded here by such esteemed actors as Olympia Dukakis, Richard Dreyfuss and Edward Herrmann, these tales of Pandora and her fateful box, Apollo playing his lyre, Cupid with his provocative arrows, and others, bring alive the themes, people and places of writings that have survived through the centuries, making this important source of all Western literature available to everyone.

Performed by: Blair Brown, Kate Burton, Richard Dreyfuss, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Gallagher, Edward Herrmann, Cherry Jones, J.K. Simmons and B.D. Wong

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good infornation to put in your background
I'm a foreign student studying in the US. I listened to this audiobook while I was preparing for GRE. I learned many new vocabulary from the audiobook.
Later when I took western philosophy class, I understood what my professor was talking about because I had learned about Greek mythology from this audiobook.
I also notice people often use idioms derived from Greek Mythology in their writing or conversation. So it's handy to have such information in your background. Listening to this audiobook is an easy way to obtain such knowledge.

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24. Sailing the Wine Dark Sea **ISBN: 9780739306871**
by Thomas/ Dukakis, Olympia (NRT) Cahill
Audio CD: Pages (2003-10-01)
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25. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Hinges of History)
by Thomas Cahill
Audio CD: Pages (2003-10-28)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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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 made his own fresh translations of the Greek lyric poets for this volume. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Primer on the Conceptual Foundations of Western Civilization
SAILING THE WINE-DARK SEA is an enjoyable overview of how ancient Greece shaped the conceptual paradigms which still guide Western society today. In war, in art, in culture, and in philosophy, the Greeks' categorizations and approach to describing the world provide the foundations of modern science, academia, philosophy, democracy, and ideals.

The book includes freshly-translated excerpts of "the classics" - the Illiad, the Odyssey, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, immersing the reader directly in the flavor and experience of ancient Greek culture and revealing that these streams of thought are very familiar to modern minds in the concerns of today. The Greek world was dominated by the concept of "arete," or excellence/perfection as the highest expression of human existence. However, in reality Greek society was composed of individual city-states each with their own civic persona (Athens - perfection in democracy and civic virtue, Sparta - perfection in war, Troy - perfection in impregnable defense.) These currents are examined in the light of literature, drama, and sculpture, as Greek literature and art begins to mock its own underpinnings through grotesque parody and excess, and is eventually overshadowed and appropriated by the workmanlike Roman culture, in addition to providing the linguistic and conceptual vehicle in which Christianity reached Western culture.

I found this book to be an enjoyable and engaging presentation of what has heretofore often been a dry, dusty subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars, but only for the target audience
Oh come on.After reading a number of the reviews here I'm compelled to add one.This is not a work of scholarship.It is a short book designed to introduce this era/people/culture/art to contemporary readers who want a spirited and readable overview.It's also a great companion for anyone who is picking up the Iliad or Herodotus or some other Greek classic and wants a bit of context.

The notes section contains directions to more scholarly works if you want them. But this isn't one.

If you have a background in this material or want rigorous scholarship, don't buy this book.But if you are the target audience for it -- and legions of Americans are -- I have to say it will most likely fit your needs very well.It is quite readable, crisp, lucid, and just enough opinionated to keep things interesting.You can read it an afternoon and when you are done you'll know something you didn't when you started.

Just by the way: if you are new to this literature and reading it in English, go with Fagles in the drama, Lombardo in the epic (or Fagles for extra credit, but really -- check out Lombardo), maybe Waterfield in the Herodotus, I think the Landmark Thucydides, and probably anybody post-Grube in the Plato (I prefer Bloom or Warner).Aristotle, you are on your own!

4-0 out of 5 stars Best understood in the context of the series
The best part of this book for me was Cahill's translation/interpretation of Pericle's Funeral Oration. It is seven pages in the copy I have. Every bit of it was fascinating. No question that Cahill has "jazzed it up" for the modern audience. Nevertheless, it is a magnificent speech, and it is clear that it must have had an impact on the thinking of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

It is important to remember in this series that Cahill is looking for those moments in time where people's perceptions and understandings changed. So he discusses how Greek mathematics was different from Egyptian mathematics even though concepts for measuring land (geometry) were developed in Egypt. But the Greeks seemed to have been good at abstraction.

His discussion of the development of sculpture is interesting. From imitations of the Egyptian style to the beautifully sculpted works of the golden age. And an interesting text on how radical it was to make a statue of a female form (Aphrodite)!

Yes, Cahill makes some errors of historical detail and has a lot of omissions. But he isn't writing a complete history in any of these books. Desire of the Everlasting Hills mentioned the importance of Greek concepts to the development of Christianity. This books tries to show how the Greeks got to that point.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too much speculation presented as fact
I am enjoying this book, but have the same problem with it that I encountered in "Irish"; Mr. Cahill makes statements that are clearly speculative read as fact. I could make an extensive list, and these obvious to me...an uneducated dilettante with little scholarly inclination. It makes me question the veracity of the facts he presents that I am not familiar with. So, while I enjoy the imagery and (unlike most reviewers here) his irreverent, gleeful quotation of Greece's more "earthy" literary offerings, I am not sure how much I'm learning actual history as opposed to Thomas Cahill's version of how history SHOULD'VE been.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea
Thomas Cahill has done it again--he has taken a complex subject and made it understandable even to those who have no prior knowledge of it, in this case, Greek civilization, in all its beauty but without ignoring the warts.It's written in a down-to-earth fashion, with excellent photographs which Cahill folds very helpfully into the narrative.He also uses Greek terms repeatedly, but rather than assume the reader understands them, he always defines them, and demonstrates repeatedly the Greek origins of so many of our most-used words and most common concepts.

A warning to the reader:Cahill speaks candidly about Greek sexual practices (read, bisexuality) and occasionally does so in a vulgar fashion.While necessary to an understanding of Greek culture, this may be off-putting to some.

I would have given the book a higher rating except for Cahill's tendency to let his own biases creep into the narrative from time to time, with occasional unscholarly commentary which serves no useful purpose for the reader.

In closing, I should say that long ago I earned a Master's Degree in ancient Greek and Roman history and have some basis for saying that his grasp of Greek culture is unparalleled in a non-specialist. ... Read more

26. Ask Me Again Tomorrow: Olympia Dukakis a Life in Progress (Uncorrected Proof 2003)
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Asin: B000FA7SGY
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27. Ask Me Again Tomorrow (P)
by Olympia Dukakis Emily Heckman
 Paperback: Pages (2004)

Asin: B000OES0JU
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28. Greek American Politicians: Spiro Agnew, Michael Dukakis, Charlie Crist, Phil Angelides, Olympia Snowe, Alexi Giannoulias, Arianna Huffington
 Paperback: 246 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Spiro Agnew, Michael Dukakis, Charlie Crist, Phil Angelides, Olympia Snowe, Alexi Giannoulias, Arianna Huffington, Art Agnos, Dina Titus, Paul Tsongas, Paul Sarbanes, Dean Skelos, John Pappageorge, John Sarbanes, Lewis Evangelidis, John Podesta, Shelley Berkley, Christy Mihos, Lou Papan, Zack Space, Susan Bysiewicz, John Brademas, Ron Klink, George Gekas, Nicholas Mavroules, George Christopher, Harry Meshel, Gus Bilirakis, George Argyros, Matthew Mirones, Michael Bakalis, Frances Townsend, Tom C. Korologos, Theodore Kanavas, Nick Theodore, Nick Galifianakis, Michael Bilirakis, Gus Yatron, Andrew Jarvis, Helen Boosalis, George Kariotis, George Chanos, Lee Alexander. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 245. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. (pronounced ; born July 24, 1956) is an American politician who is the forty-fourth and current Governor of Florida. Prior to his election as governor, Crist previously served as Florida State Senator, Education Commissioner, and Attorney General. He was elected governor in 2006 with 52.4% of the vote (against opponent Jim Davis), and took office the following year. As Florida Attorney General, an office he held from 2002 until his election as governor, Crist was noted for his stance in the Terri Schiavo case, where he broke with the stance of governor Jeb Bush; however, Crist has received criticism from both sides on this issue, as he did not publicly state his position, opposing intervention to keep Schiavo alive until over one year after Terri Schiavo's death. As governor, Crist has broken with the Republican Party on economic and environmental policy, particularly while working with the Obama Administration on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, opposing some forms of offshore oil drilling in ...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1224681 ... Read more

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