The Wine-Dark Sea  

intierzha 43M
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6/28/2006 12:48 pm

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The Wine-Dark Sea

'I should rather slave on earth for another man- some dirt poor farmer who scrapes to keep alive, than rule down here over all the breathless dead.' -- Achilles, The Odyssey

I have used a variation of this quote before in a poem called 'The Ferryman', but after reading this version again, I found I like it better and probably should have used it in the poem. Still, a minor thing, though.

To the point, then. One of my favorite books is Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill. He has also written two more fascinating books that I enjoyed greatly, The Gifts of the Jews and The Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus. While not a theologian, he is a fine historian that attacks the subject manner in a way that is still academic but allows for the casual reader to enjoy them. I think this is especially true in Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (the title btw, comes from a description in the Iliad of the Aegean), which shows how the Greeks influenced and still influence the way we fight, think, feel and party. Personally, I am fond of the first two chapters, which cover the Iliad and the Odyssey, and their influence on war and feelings and how the younger Homer changed from his earlier writings to the older man who wrote the Odyssey, moving from the rage of war and brutality of Achilles to the finality of coming home, embodied in the wandering and yearning of Odysseus.

In fact, I was so struck by the first two chapters, I re-read Homer's books for the first time in years, and found the rest of the book almost a denoument, though still fantastic. In the end, I found they still mattered, but as a historian, dead places and people always tend to matter, but I had never been a huge fan of Greek History, my tastes leaning toward the Medieval period. Now, that is a little different. I read a little more ancient history, and learned a lesson many historians forget... every part of history matters, not just what we consider our 'field'. Indeed, in the year since I have read Cahill's books, I have become more of a generalist, more of a theologian, and to my mind, more of the historian I thought I should be. (or could hope to be, as the case may be

Well, that is enough for now I guess. I heartily recommend the books. I know they might not be for everyone, but if you are so inclined, check them out (and of course, one cannot go wrong with two of the greatest books in Western Literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey).

So, about time for me to depart and get ready to head for Anaheim. I will try and update over the weekend if I can. If not, I wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.


Oh, btw, go see 'Superman Returns' too Especially if you are a fan of the first movie.

BaronessK 52F

6/28/2006 2:44 pm

Like I said in reply to you on my blog when you mentioned Superman...just bring your 'sword' and other Renaissance 'stuff'...and I'll 'play' the's that?

I'll still make popcorn if ya want....

intierzha replies on 6/28/2006 6:08 pm:
mmm... popcorn.

Now you're going to make me blush... milady


BaronessK 52F

6/28/2006 3:56 pm

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intierzha replies on 6/28/2006 6:10 pm:
That was very nice of her... and yes, I appreciate the 'help', lol.


FunFlirty4u 45F

7/2/2006 9:44 am

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intierzha replies on 7/9/2006 12:42 pm:
oops... I just came, lol.


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