Classical folks talk a lot about reading the “Great Books.” What are the Great Books? Why are they any different than reading other books? And who decided they are Great? Shouldn’t we just be grateful children are even reading at all? Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are continuing to break sales records; are they the next Great Books? The answer matters, and you might be surprised why. Listen in as we hear from Dr. Louis Markos on this important topic.
Dr. Louis Markos holds a BA in English and history from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a professor of English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Art and Film.
Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and lectures on ancient Greece and Rome, the early church and Middle Ages, the Renaissance and romanticism for HBU’s Honors College. He is the author of eighteen books, including From Achilles to Christ, On the Shoulders of Hobbits, Literature: A Student’s Guide, CSL: An Apologist for Education, three Canon Press Worldview Guides to the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, & two children’s novels, The Dreaming Stone and In the Shadow of Troy, in which his kids become part of Greek mythology and the Iliad and Odyssey. His son Alex teaches Latin at the Geneva School in Boerne, TX.
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