Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Trojan Horse and Other Stories by Julia Kindt

Posted November 8, 2023 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 11 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.



The Trojan Horse and Other Stories: Ten Ancient Creatures That Make Us Human by Julia Kindt
Expected publication: February 29, 2024 by Cambridge University Press

What makes us human? What, if anything, sets us apart from all other creatures? Ever since Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the answer to these questions has pointed to our own intrinsic animal nature. Yet the idea that, in one way or another, our humanity is entangled with the non-human has a much longer and more venerable history. In the West, it goes all the way back to classical antiquity. This grippingly written and provocative book boldly reveals how the ancient world mobilised concepts of ‘the animal’ and ‘animality’ to conceive of the human in a variety of illuminating ways. Through ten stories about marvelous mythical beings – from the Trojan Horse to the Cyclops, and from Androcles’ lion to the Minotaur – Julia Kindt unlocks fresh ways of thinking about humanity that extend from antiquity to the present and that ultimately challenge our understanding of who we really are.



I’m nothing if not highly fascinated by Greek mythology so the title and cover of this book instantly spoke to me. It’s published by Cambridge University Press so definitely more of an academic read but I feel like it will be a really interesting. Learning about creatures from ancient history and mythology is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Really excited about this one!



Are you also looking forward to this book? What do you think of it?
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11 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Trojan Horse and Other Stories by Julia Kindt

  1. Julia Kindt

    Dear Stephanie,
    Thanks for featuring my book here. I am excited to find people looking forward to reading it. Perhaps you will let me know whether you liked it once it is out?
    All best wishes,

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