From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

by Louis Markos
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From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics by Louis Markos

"The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact."
—C. S. Lewis

In From Achilles to Christ, Louis Markos introduces readers to the great narratives of classical mythology from a Christian perspective. From the battles of Achilles and the adventures of Odysseus to the feats of Hercules and the trials of Aeneas, Markos shows how the characters, themes and symbols within these myths both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the story of Jesus Christ—the "myth made fact." Along the way, he dispels misplaced fears about the dangers of reading classical literature, and offers a Christian approach to the interpretation and appropriation of these great literary works.

This engaging and eminently readable book is an excellent resource for Christian students, teachers and readers of classical literature.

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ISBN-13: 9780830825936
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/26/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches classes on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU's Honors College. He is the author of 9 books:From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet, Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, Literature: A Student's Guide, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis, and Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition.

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From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I teach at a Christian private school that touts a classical education, and though I really needed no justification to teach the classics in a Christian context, this book provides an excellent argument for doing so. Markos believes, as I do, that even pagan authors were children of God, and were inspired (perhaps to a lesser degree) by Him who is the author of all. This should be fascinating even for non-believers, since Markos is such an engaging writer.
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