Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill

By Thomas Cahill

In crusing the Wine-Dark Sea, his fourth quantity to discover “the hinges of history,” Thomas Cahill escorts the reader on one other entertaining—and traditionally unassailable—journey during the landmarks of artwork and bloodshed that outlined Greek tradition approximately 3 millennia ago.

In the city-states of Athens and Sparta and through the Greek islands, honors can be received in making love and battle, and lives have been rife with contradictions. by way of constructing the alphabet, the Greeks empowered the reader, demystified adventure, and opened the best way for civil dialogue and experimentation—yet they saved slaves. the wonderful verses of the Iliad recount a clash within which rage and outrage spur males to motion and recommend that their “bellicose society of glowing metals and damn weapons” isn't so very far-off from newer campaigns of “shock and awe.” And, centuries earlier than Zorba, Greece was once a land the place track, dance, and freely flowing wine have been necessary to the excessive lifestyles. Granting equivalent time to the sacred and the profane, Cahill rivets our realization to the legacies of an old and enduring worldview.

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Frank Hanly, February 8, 1908, “Temporary File: Governor Marshall Papers in Regards to Sterilization,” Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis. ╇Gugliotta, “‘Dr. Sharp with His Little Knife,’” 396–400. ╇Sharp to Marshall, May 13, 1909, Temporary File: Governor Marshall Papers in Regards to Sterilization, Indiana State Archives. ╇ William O’Keefee to Marshall, January 12, 1909, Temporary File: Governor Marshall Papers in Regards to Sterilization, Indiana State Archives; Jason S. Lantzer and Alexandra M.

Dugdale and the Jukes Family: A Historical Injustice Corrected,” Bioscience 30 (1980): 535–39. See also Henry M. Boies, Prisoners and Paupers (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893). Boies accepted the view that criminals and the poor represented instances of hereditary degeneracy. ╇ David Wolfers and Helen Wolfers, Vasectomy and Vasectomania (St. Albans, UK: Mayflower Books, 1974). This polemical book gives a good overview of the procedure’s development in Europe and then in the United States.

For his pacifist eugenics, see Jordan and Harvey Ernest Jordan, War’s Aftermath: A Preliminary Study of the Eugenics of War (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1914). ╇ Sharp’s reports to the governor (1896–1912) are included in the biannual Communication of the State Prison Reformatory at Jeffersonville; copies may be found in the Herman B Wells Library. ╇ S. A. J. Ochsner, “Surgical Treatment of Habitual Criminals,” Journal of the American Medical Association 32 (1899): 867–68. ╇ Harry C. Sharp, “Vasectomy as a Means of Preventing Procreation in Defectives,” Journal of the American Medical Association 53 (1909): 1897–1902.

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