To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Have you ever wondered why Homer's Iliad is still
so popular? Bestselling writer Thomas Cahill says it's because it's
a real boy's story. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
our enduring fascination with the Ancient Greeks. Also, an archaeologist
who's excavating the real Troy. And, a portrait of modern Athens.
Best-selling author Thomas Cahill is writing
a series of books about ancient cultures that have shaped our
world. The latest one's called "Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea:
Why the Greeks Matter." Cahill tells Steve Paulson about
the various ancient Greek city-states and their artistic and political
legacy. Also, food writer Francine Segan talks about the
sumptuous foods of ancient Greece. Her recipes are available at
William Aylward is an archaeologist at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison who has done extensive field work
at the site of Troy in modern day Turkey. He tells Jim Fleming
that there is no historical record of the Trojan War because the
events happened before writing was invented, but the site reveals
clues about battles having taken place there. And we get more
recipes from Francine Segan, inspired by the Greek gods
and goddesses. Her recipes are available at greek
recipes. Also, Mary Lefkowitz is the author of "Greek
Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths." She tells
Steve Paulson that the Greek gods seem too much like us to impress
most modern people.
George Sarrinikolaou was born in Greece and
now lives in New York. He tells Anne Strainchamps that he can
pass for a Greek, but still feels like an outsider there. He loves
Greece and has written a book called "Facing Athens."
Barry Unsworth is one of England's most admired writers. His latest
book is "Crete." Unsworth tells Steve Paulson that the
layers of history are tangible on the island, and talks about
some of Crete's mythic figures. And Francine Segan offers
a recipe from Crete. Segan's book is "The Philosopher's Kitchen."
Her recipes are available at greek
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-08-08-A.
- Thomas Cahill, Sailing
the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Anchor)
- Mary Lefkowitz, Greek Gods, Human Lives:
What We Can Learn from Myths (Yale)
- George Sarrinikolaou, Facing Athens:
encounters with the modern city (North Point Press)
- Francine Segan, The Philosopher's Kitchen:
recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the modern cook
- Barry Unsworth, Crete (National
- Mountaineer's Song from "Crete" on the
album "Greece: Traditional Music" (Unesco Collection
- Dhimitrios Semsis: Aidhiniko & Tsifte-Telli
from the album "Greek-Oriental Rebetica" (Arhoolie CD
- Tasos Mavroudis: Ela Tsiftetelli from the album
"Greek Popular Songs & Dances (Playasound PS-65039)
- All from Putumayo Presents Greece:
*Apenanti with Mellina Aslanidou - "To Parelthon Thimithika"
*Pantelis Thalassinos - "An M' Agapas, Tha S'Agapo"
*George Dalaras - "Sou Axize Mia Kaliteri Agalia"
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