Lou Markos

The City Podcast: How Dante Can Change Your Life

by Timothy Motte on April 20, 2015

Life Lessons from Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a perfect example of a book that many people mistakenly think is too hard, or that it’s not for them.

And yet, it is a work of literature that has changed, is changing, and will continue to change innumerable lives.

Featuring: Dr. Louis Markos, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.


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Announcements from Lou Markos

by Lou Markos on July 5, 2013

Dear Friends,

I’d like to share with you some exciting news:


I have just published a new book titled Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition. Here is a quick synopsis of what it covers:

For thousands of years, philosophers, theologians, and poets have tried to pierce through the veil of death to gaze with wonder, fear, and awe on the final and eternal state of the soul. Indeed, the four great epic poets of the Western tradition (Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton) structured their epics in part around a descent into the underworld that is both spiritual and physical, both allegorical and geographical. This book not only considers closely these epic journeys to the “other side,” but explores the chain of influences that connects the poets to such writers as Plato, Cicero, St. John, St. Paul, Bunyan, Blake, and C. S. Lewis. Written in a narrative, “man of letters” style and complete with an annotated bibliography, a timeline, a who’s who, and an extensive glossary of Jewish, Christian, and mythological terms, this user-friendly book will help readers understand how heaven and hell have been depicted for the last 3,000 years.

This book is my follow up to From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics (IVP, 2007). It can be purchased through my amazon author page.


The Honors College at Houston Baptist University (for which I’ve taught the Greco-Roman freshman curriculum for the last four years) is about to make an exciting change. We will be moving to an Oxford/Cambridge model in which I will give nine 100 minute lectures per semester on literature-history-philosophy to supplement 4 hours per week of intense Socratic dialogue in classes of 15 or fewer students. I will be giving my lectures on Tuesdays from 4:20-6:00pm. We have chosen that late time to accommodate high schools (especially classical Christian academies) and homeschoolers who would like to sit in on one of my lectures. In the Fall, I will lecture on ancient Greek myth, epic, tragedy, and history with specific lectures on the Iliad and Odyssey; in the Spring, I will lecture on Roman myth, epic and history with specific lectures on the Aeneid and the Metamorphoses.



On Thursday, July 18, at 6:30pm, I will give a talk titled “The Foundation of Rome: The Frescoes of the Capitoline Museum” for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The speech is part of the MFA’s artful Thursday program and is free and open to the public. In the speech I will tell the history of ancient Rome from Aeneas to the Punic Wars, illustrating the stories with slides of Renaissance frescoes housed in the Capitoline museum in Rome.


In the Fall of 2013, I will teach a special class on The Lord of the Rings at HBU. Here is a description:

Although The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia are both undergirded by a Christian worldview, the links to Christianity are less clear and direct in Tolkien’s great epic fantasy. In this class we will explore how Tolkien, while reviving the reputation of the fairy tale and sub-creating a medieval-like world that runs by its own codes and values, found a way to integrate his rich creativity and love of language with his deep Catholic faith. We will further discuss how The Lord of the Rings, together with The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, were influenced by Norse mythology, Beowulf, and Tolkien’s friendship with C. S. Lewis.
Because the class will be raising issues of broad and perennial interest, HBU has granted me special permission to open up the class to the wider Houston community. The class will meet every Monday from 4:00-6:30pm from August 26 to December 2; however, there will be no class on September 2 (Labor Day) or October 21 (when I will be giving my midterm).

Sign up for the class at a cost of only $150 (which is 1/3 the normal auditing price).


On Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2013, from 7-9pm, I will offer a four-week class on The Iliad for the Rice School of Continuing Education. Register for my class online. (note: the catalog for the Fall is not yet up on the website but should be by August).

Thanks and blessings for the summer,

Lou Markos


The City: Summer 2013

by Benjamin Domenech on June 25, 2013

The Summer 2013 edition of The City has arrived. This week will bring the Supreme Court’s ruling in two major cases concerning the definition of marriage in the United States, and this issue is focused on the challenges to marriage, the post-modern view of sex, and the importance of religious liberty.


Contents include:

Ryan T. Anderson on Twelve Theses About Marriage
Susan McWilliams on the Missing Debate About Marriage
Fred Sanders on Wendell Berry Wavering on Marriage
Paul D. Miller on Sex & Modesty in the Modern World
Andrew Walker on Why Neutrality is Not an Option
A Conversation with Eric Metaxas on Bonhoeffer and Religious Liberty

In our Books & Culture section, you’ll find pieces by:

John Wilson on Ross MacDonald
Geoffrey Fulkerson on Carl F.H. Henry
Wesley Gant on Purpose & Prosperity
Christopher Hammons on the Forgotten Founder

You’ll also find Louis Markos finishing his run through A-Z with C.S. Lewis, as well as the latest Republic of Letters by Hunter Baker, Poetry by Robert Rehder, and The Word by William Tyndale.

We hope you enjoy the issue!

The City Podcast: Lou Markos on Hobbits and More

by Benjamin Domenech on December 11, 2012

The latest edition of the Civitate podcast features our own Lou Markos, talking about his new book, The Hobbit, and more: