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

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


By (author) Louis Markos

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830825932
  • ISBN 13: 9780830825936
  • Sales rank: 960,741

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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.

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"Louis Markos's From Achilles to Christ is a remarkable work of scholarship and insight, making clear the congruence of ancient Greek myth with Christian revelation. It is a particularly valuable study in a time of widespread amnesia concerning the classical past and its role in shaping Western culture. Markos knows his texts and approaches them with equal poetic and theological skills. From Achilles to Christ is a telling argument for the value of the classics in extending and deepening the Christian imagination."--Louise Cowan, University Professor, University of Dallas