“Sailing the Wine Dark-Sea: why the Greeks Matter” is the fourth volume of exploration by the great author Thomas Cahill. The author uses his unfathomable skill in literature and historical experience to take his readers to another world of both entertainment and extreme coverage of historical knowledge. In this book, he tags a wide range of historical unassailable features of the Greek by clearly holding an in-depth narration of the journey covered through the landmarks of art and intense bloodshed that lay the Greek culture in a historical legacy in an estimated period of nearly three millennia ago.
It is in the famous city states of the Sparta and Athens going through the great Greek Islands that a warm breeze of honors that could be won through the process of making love and the act of war and lives which were filled with contradictions and misunderstandings.
The Greek society is one of the two major influences that that impact the western world. They are the ones who set the framework and the foundation for the most used vocabularies while on the other hand, the Jews are the tribe that offered us the value system. These two great tribes base the sources on which we get any type of intellectual tool we use to solve the problems we face daily in philosophy, medicine, mathematics, physic and other related applicable sciences. In the book, Collins claims they have developed their methods and styles of art which were previously adapted from Egyptian mathematics. He includes an enormous number of added vowels into the Semitic consonants to help in the production of alphabets and the unlimited production of innovations in various literature fields that are the creators of philosophy and science. In the book, Collins also claims that they introduced the mostly used type of leadership which is the democratic system. It turns out to be a little bit tough to decide on which or whom audience are chose for the book sailing the Wine-Dark Sea.
In classical times, their modes of thinking were often considered to be rather pinnacle of the human achievement and were thought to be responsible route and the shape that the Christian religion took. In relation to this statement, Cahill points out that the Greeks had left out a less appealing bequest unlike the information given. It was said that they created the Western militarism. It was during the process of making the warrior that the unexpected ultimate ideal brought up the assumption that it was only the male individuals who could be given the trust to carry out the citizenship duties. The related consequences that had resulted from the exclusion of the women; making them not to participate in the political sphere and also complete exclusion from the social segregation of the different sexes still exist in today’s world.
In spite of the surprising and controversial insights, the book sailing the Wine-Dark Sea is quit a remarkable piece of intellectual experience and adventure that is conducted with the support of a quit compassionate guide that is relatively imaginable. A reader of this piece of art can testify to the fact that Cahill has done a great deal of applying his knowledge in this this text through the intimacy of his sources and making his own fresh Greek translation of the lyric poet.
In this context Thomas, exposes us to honorable ways of fighting problems, enemies and threats by Greeks in the development of the history. In this discussion, two, very parallel perception of the heroism between villainy and homers are observed. Homer fought entirely to curb the problems but not to eliminate them. While the many target of the war in our context is to free us from any current or possible outcomes of the threats in the future. These two are parallel in that for one is minimization, while to others was complete eradication.
Intellect and drive are the first key features that led Greek success. Greeks are rated the first people in the world of civilization. Without self-motivation and inner drive to achieve, this would have always remained to be a dream. It is hard to achieve success, without joining hands together. This book has exposed meetings and mobilization of efforts amongst the Greek people. Through these, it displays our unity and motivation for each other saw them victory in the end of it all.
Pericles's verso of democracy in this state did provide a chance of full democracy. A full democracy means that everyone has an equal chance in the voting in of a government. In full democracy, voting of individuals is exercised at equal chances. In Pericles's verso of democracy, some key persons that comprise up of Greek people are left out. This was only a democracy for the elite but not all the population in the Greece. The democracy was discriminative to the poor and less educated. This kind of democracy made a great influence to the history of United States. It brought in light the rights for everyone who is a citizen. It also enhanced the idea of equality before the law by the end and equal contribution of persons in electing leaders.
The ancient Greeks contributed a lot in shaping Christianity. The first missionaries in the world were Greeks. Struggle to know other languages like English and translation bible to the other languages highly promoted the spread of Christianity. Greco-Roman tried to corrupt the real Christian by misinterpretation of the bible and other involving other beliefs that were far from the real Christianity. They also tried to create grounds that were no suitable for Greek people to spread Christianity. These challenges were like that of denying them access in some communities. With all these challenges, they managed to succeed through educating themselves in other people’s languages so as to reach them clearly.
Hubris fell from its superiority following lack of unity and increased corruption in its ruling, from the fall of this superpower many aggregate life issues were understood their strengths. The power behind unity in nation building was very well learned. The need to keep away corruption for national development was another theme that was demonstrated in this icon of the fall of the hubris.
The book has realized many strengths and weaknesses. It outlines the ancient growth of the Greece. Geeks are known to have practiced a lot of racism. This outlines the strength of the book in touching on the weaknesses of Greeks. The main theme of every writing work is touch aggregate issues affecting people together as a whole. In these writings of the Thomas Cahill, he has tried to expose the idea behind the racism ion connection to Greeks. Unless areas of weakness are generally articulated either through media or directly approached, it would be very hard to solve these issues. The simplicity of language in this book is strength; many people have been able and clearly understand the book. This is due to the lack of errors that ensured that information readers satisfactorily.
As much as the book was accredited for its strengths, it also got its own weaknesses. The book came up with a lot of entertainment in it. Readers who are not careful enough may mistake the book with another story book. Too much entertainment in the book has prevailed to the main theme of doing writing. In literature, themes are descriptive from the action of characters in a story. As for this book, entertainment contributes very little in addressing the main theme of the book. This has been taken as a weakness by book reviewers.