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: 974,821

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"The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact." --C. S. Lewis InFrom 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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. . .an accessible and interesting treatment of the great classical works.--Ethan Cordray in Touchstone, March 2008