Book Release for Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter

by Thomas Cahill

Title: Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
Author: Thomas Cahill
Publisher: Anchor Books, a Division of Random House
Place and Date of Publication: New York, NY 2003
ISBN: 0-385-49554-4
Price: $14.95 U.S.$21.00 Canada
Book Design by Marysarah Quinn
Map Art by Jackie Aher

In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, his forth 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 readers, de mystified 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.

About the Author

Thomas Cahill is the author of the bestselling Hinges of History series, published to great acclaim
throughout the English-speaking world and in translation in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East,
and Asia. Born in New York, Cahill graduated from Fordham University and earned an MFA in film
and dramatic literature from Columbia University. A lifelong scholar, he has taught at Queens College,
Fordham University, and Seton Hall University and studied scriptured at Union Theological Seminary
and Hebrew and the Hebrew Bible as a Visting Scholar at the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America. He served as North American education correspondent for The Times of London and
was for many years a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times Book Review. For six years
he was Director of Religious Publishing at Doubleday before retiring to write full-time. In addition
to The Hinges of History, Cahill has published Pope John XXIII and Jesus' Little Instruction Book,
and with his wife, Susan Cahill, A Literary Guide to Ireland and Big City Stories by Modern
American Writers.
In 1999 Cahill was awarded an honorary doctorate from Alfred University. He
and his wife divide their time between New York City and Rome.>

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