The Wooden Horse : The Liberation of the Western Mind, from Odysseus to Socrates
This is a magisterial history tracing the development of Western mind to its origins in Ancient Greek thought. When Odysseus conceived the so-called 'Trojan Horse' to overcome the stalemate in the Trojan War, something more profound was being established: resolution through strategic thinking rather than brute physical conflict - a paradigm shift signalling nothing less than the liberation of the modern mind. "The Wooden Horse" is a powerful, provocative, and engaging work written by an insightful and acclaimed historian of the ancient world. Keld Zeruneith 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 to a patriarchal world of laws. By examining Homer's great epic poems, the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey", as well as the works of the presocratic philosophers, and the dramatic and poetic masterpieces of the time, Zeruneith makes a provocative argument about the origins of our modern consciousness.
- Hardback | 608 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 453.59g
- 22 Nov 2007
- Overlook Press
- New York, United States
"'Stunning... A major work for literary critics, philosophers and historians alike' Weekendavisen 'You will never read Homer's works in the same 'old' way again' Berlingske Tidende"
About Keld Zeruneith
Keld Zeruneith is an internationally recognised literary critic and historian. Among his many awards is the Gyldendal Prize, Denmark's most distinguished literary honour, and the Holberg medal, both awarded for The Wooden Horse.