Heroes Of The City Of Man
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Introduction: The Devil Has No Stories
SECTION 1: ANCIENT EPIC
Introduction: Ancient Epic
Pagan Genesis: Hesiod, Theogony
Fighters Killing, Fighters Killed: Homer, The Iliad
Son Of Pain: Homer, The Odyssey
Patria And Pietas: Virgil, The Aeneid
SECTION 2: GREEK DRAMA
Introduction: Greek Drama
Blessings Of Terror: Aeschylus, The Eumenides
Riddles Of One And Many: Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus
The Contest Of Fetters And Thyrsus: Euripides, The Bacchae
Sophist In The City: Aristophanes, Clouds
Leithart analyzes the grand classics of ancient literature The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and others commenting on each and contrasting their pagan worldview to the biblical worldview. If you fall asleep in your English classes, this book is like drinking ten cups of coffee. Maybe eleven, depending upon your body weight. For high school students and up.
The most obvious virtue of Leithart’s book is its scope. In a single volume he provides a defense for the value of reading classical literature, a methodology for integrating that literature with the Christian faith, and a reader’s guide to the works of classical literature that a contemporary reader would most benefit from reading.