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Wooden Horse (Paperback)

The Wooden Horse (Paperback)

Keld Zeruneith

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-041-4
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9/30/2008

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Translated from the Danish by Russell Dees & edited by W. Glyn Jones. The Wooden Horse is a powerful, provocative, and engaging new work by perhaps the world s most insightful and acclaimed historian of the ancient world that establishes the foundation for the Western world s conceptions of society, philosophy, and poetry by tracing the processes by which consciousness evolved from its roots in the mother cults of Ancient Greece, with its attendant matriarchal mode of thought, to be replaced by a patriarchal world of laws with a religious counterpart in the Olympian gods.

By examining Homer s great epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey the West s most comprehensive picture of the heroic age, which document the fact that the Trojan War stalemate was resolved through strategic thinking (via Odysseus s invention of the wooden horse) rather than brute physical superiority Keld Zeruneith explores this fundamental paradigm shift, which constituted nothing less than the liberation of the modern mind.

With his close analyses encompassing the poetry, drama, philosophy, and history of the ancient world, Keld Zeruneith casts new light on our cultural ballast and provides startlingly original insight into the psychological forces behind the genesis of European culture.

Praise for The Wooden Horse:
"A sweeping, accessible inquiry into what the makers of classical Greek literature were thinking about." -Kirkus Reviews

"Zeruneith successfully combines historical analysis and philosophical reflection to show how the ancient Greeks' emphasis on intellect and rationality influenced our understanding of history and philosophy. Recommended." -Library Journal

"This is an extraordinary book: intense, imaginative, highly idiosyncratic, and written with great warmth and energy." - Regius Professor Pat E. Easterling, University of Cambridge

"Like an archeologist of the mind, Dr. Zeruneith has unearthed significant fragments of archaic and classical Greek culture and then reassembled them to form an image of the primal structures of Western consciousness." - Professor Christopher Collins, New York University

Keld Zeruneith is an internationally recognized literary scholar and historian. Among his many awards is the Gyldendal Prize, Denmark s most distinguished literary honor, and the Holberg medal, both awarded for The Wooden Horse.

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