Living in an Eschatological Universe: Virgil’s Aeneid and The Fall of Troy

Louis Markos discusses Virgil's role in teaching Christian Europe the shape of history.

It was Virgil – not in opposition to, but alongside the Bible – who taught Christian Europe the shape of history, the power that moves it forward, the primacy of duty, the pain of letting go and the burden of adapting new strategies. In this lecture, we will explore the scenes of e Aeneid: Book II, opening up the way in which Virgil presents the destruction of Troy as a happy fall (felix culpa) and as a great tragedy that provides the seed out of which greater good would come. Attendees are encouraged to bring with them a copy of the Fitzgerald translation of e Aeneid.

Louis Markos

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 and his daughter Anastasia teaches music at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville, TX.

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