From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics
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An outstanding introduction to the great classical works from a Christian perspective! From the battles of Achilles and adventures of Odysseus to the feats of Hercules and trials of Aeneas, Markos highlights characters, themes, and symbols; allays fears about reading classical literature; and shows how ancient mythology foreshadows the story of Jesus---the "myth made fact." 276 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 276
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830825932
ISBN-13: 9780830825936

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"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.

Author Bio

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 HBUÂ’s Honors College. He is the author of 9 books:, , , , , , , , and .

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