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The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday

52 Weekends of Essential Knowledge for the Curious Mind

St. Martin's Press

A handy, smaller, and more focused version of our popular New York Times knowledge books—organized by weekends and topic

Fell asleep during history class in high school when World War II was covered? Learned the table of elements at one time but have forgotten it since? Always wondered who really invented the World Wide Web? Here is the book for you, with all the answers you’ve been looking for: The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday is based on the premise that there is a recognizable group of topics in history, literature, science, art, religion, philosophy, politics, and music that educated people should be familiar with today. Over 100 of these have been identified and arranged in a way that they can be studied over a year’s time by spending two hours on a topic every weekend.

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  NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS SMARTER BY SUNDAY
Weekend 1: The Birth of Western LiteratureDay 1: The Iliad and The OdysseyThe tradition of Western literature flows from two primary sources: Homer and the Bible. The two epic poems attributed to Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey, both concern the Trojan War, a central event in Greek history and brilliantly rendered into myth in Homer’s works. The seed of the Trojan War was planted when the Trojan prince Paris judged a beauty contest between the three goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Each attempted to bribe Paris; Hera with land, Athena

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