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The Wooden Horse: The Liberation of the Western Mind, from Odysseus to Socrates Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2007
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"Odysseus is the central figure in the bold story that Keld Zeruneith tells about Greek poetry and the development of Greek thought, tracing he growth of a new `structure of consciousness,' still meaningful for modern society. This is an extraordinary book: intense, imaginative, highly idiosyncratic, and written with great warmth and energy. -- P. E. Easterling, Regius Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge
"Ranging from Greek myth and religion to Greek poetry, drama, and philosophy, The Wooden Horse reminds one, in its breadth of scholarship, of the groundbreaking work of Hellenists such as Bruno Snell and E. R. Dodds and, in its deft deployment of Jungian insights, of the writings of Erich Neumann and James Hillman. Like an archaeologist of the mind, Keld 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." -- Christopher Collins, Professor, New York University
"The Wooden Horse is a most inventive and profound exploration of ancient Greek mythmaking. I admire all the learning and creativity that went into this ambitious book." -- Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
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This is too much for a college/graduate student to read during the school year. This is an outstanding book to be read through the summer, in preparation for school courses.
The author says that the chapters stand-alone and the reader can pick and choose the chapters that interest him or her most. Obviously, it's important to read the foreword and the first chapter first, but after that one can skip around. I would also suggest the first note which takes up almost a full 2 1/2 pages, and titled, "The Wooden Horse: The Myth of Discursivity." (Discursivity: Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.)
Perhaps what I enjoyed most is the fact that the author remains perplexed how such great works, the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" could emerge from "the darkness of history...it will remain a mystery. The mystery bears the name of Homer."