Myth Made Fact bookIn the spirit of C. S. Lewis, whose own acceptance of Christ hinged on his understanding that Christ is the myth become fact, this course will seek to mine wisdom of eternal value from the great storehouses of Greco-Roman mythology and trace the links that bind those myths to the Bible and to the Christian life. And, as Lewis did, this book will seek to help modern Christians reclaim myth as a vehicle of truth through which the presence of the Triune God can be discerned. Please also see the book The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes.

Instructional Hours: 8.10, CEU Credits: 1.35

This course follows the organizational scheme below:

Unit I: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

  • Lecture 1: Christ over Culture
  • Lecture 2: The Only Complete Truth
  • Lecture 3: The Myth Made Fact

Unit II: Laying the Foundations

  • Lecture 4: Three Generations of Gods
  • Lecture 5: Mythical Origins of the Trojan War
  • Lecture 6: The Tragic House of Atreus

Unit III: The Four Great Heroes of Myth

  • Lecture 7: Perseus
  • Lecture 8: Jason
  • Lecture 9: Theseus
  • Lecture 10: Hercules

Unit IV: The Tragic House of Thebes

  • Lecture 11: Cadmus and his Daughters
  • Lecture 12: Oedipus the Scapegoat
  • Lecture 13: Oedipus and Antigone

Unit V: Ovid’s Metamorphoses

  • Lecture 14: Ovid, His Times, and His Influence
  • Lecture 15: Twisted Passion: Meleager and Atalanta; Tereus and Philomela; Myrrha, Venus and Adonis
  • Lecture 16: The Pursuit of Love: Daphne and Apollo; Echo and Narcissus; Pygmalion and Galatea; Baucis and Philemon

Unit VI: Epilogue

  • Lecture 17: The Myths of Plato
  • Lecture 18: Odysseus in Wonderland

Louis Markos (PhD, University of Michigan), Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. He speaks widely on ancient Greece and Rome, Lewis and Tolkien, and apologetics and classical education. His 18 books include The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian EyesFrom Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Worldview Guides to the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, and two children’s novels, The Dreaming Stone and In the Shadow of Troy, in which his kids become part of Greek mythology and the epics of Homer.

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Lesson 7: Perseus

Length: 26 minutes

Lesson 7: Perseus Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.

Lesson 8: Jason

Length: 26 minutes

Lesson 8: Jason Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.

Lesson 9: Theseus

Length: 27 minutes

Lesson 9: Theseus Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.

Lesson 10: Hercules

Length: 22 minutes

Lesson 10: Hercules Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.

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