2003, 1st edition; Doubleday publishers, New York; signed by author; "November 2003, First Edition" stated; hardbound with blue boards and gilt stamp lettering on spine; decorative inside covers with Greek illustrations; book very good condition with unmarked, clean pages and tight binding; decorative dust jacket - good condition with minor bumps; see pics.
Thomas Cahill (born 1940 in New York City) is an American scholar and writer. He is best known for The Hinges of History series, a prospective seven-volume series in which the author recounts formative moments in Western civilization.
Description, Inside Cover -
"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 Ino-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."