The Wooden Horse: The Liberation of the Western Mind from Odysseus to Socrates

The Wooden Horse: The Liberation of the Western Mind from Odysseus to Socrates


By (author) Keld Zeruneith, Edited by W Glyn Jones, Translated by Russell L Dees


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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Paperback | 605 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 34mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1590200411
  • ISBN 13: 9781590200414
  • Sales rank: 1,856,927

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The internationally recognized magisterial history that traces the development of modern Western thought to its origins in Ancient Greek literature What is the foundation of the Western world's conceptions of society, philosophy, and literature? By tracing the processes by which consciousness evolved from its roots in the mother cults of Ancient Greece, world-renowned historian Keld Zerunieth seeks out the answer-his conclusion is the groundbreaking The Wooden Horse. By examining Homer's great epic poems, The Illiad and The Odyssey, Zeruneith explores this fundamental paradigm shift, which constituted nothing less than the liberation of the modern mind, providing startlingly original insight into the psychological forces behind the genesis of European and American culture.

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"A sweeping, accessible inquiry into what the makers of classical Greek literature were thinking about...A readable, vigorous survey."-"Kirkus" "Zeruneith successfully combines historical analysis and philosophical reflection to show how the ancient Greeks' emphasis on intellect and rationality influenced our understanding."-"Library Journal"