Tertullian and Jerome, hyper-ascetical strains of monasticism, and Martin Luther, Louis Markos, a professor of English and classical literature, insists that Athens has quite a lot to do with Jerusalem. He thus joins himself to the (ultimately triumphant) trajectory within the Christian tradition of Justin Martyr ('That which is true is ours'), Clement of Alexandria, the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine, Aquinas and the rest who found and taught the presence of truth in the pagan classics and foreshadowings of Christian revelation in unlikely places. Guided by these convictions, and limiting himself to classic Greek and Latin fictional and poetic works (Plato, Aristotle, & Co. would have extended his work impossibly), Markos offers readings of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Virgil that summarize and illuminate the texts and bring them into conversation with the Bible and Christian tradition. A concluding bibliographical essay recommending particular editions of the texts under examination is invaluable, adding to the usefulness of this book as a resource not only for the individual reader, but also for homeschoolers and educators who care about a classical curriculum. 264 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
"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.