“God is more than a god, not less; Christ is more than Balder, not less. We must not be ashamed of the mystical radiance resting on our theology. We must not be nervous about ‘parallels’ and ‘pagan Christs’: they ought to be there—it would be a stumbling block if they weren’t. We must not, in false spirituality, withhold our imaginative welcome.”
—C. S. Lewis, “Myth Became Fact”
Discover Christ through Ancient Myths!
Join renowned author Dr. Louis Markos on an unparalleled adventure for the modern Christian! In the spirit of C. S. Lewis, whose own acceptance of Christ hinged on his understanding that Christ is the myth become fact, The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes mines wisdom of eternal value from the great storehouses of Greek and Roman mythology and traces the links that bind those myths to the Bible and the Christian life.
The Myth Made Fact takes its readers on an exploration of Greco-Roman characters, art, and stories—one that spans 50 myths and sheds new light on the legends of Hercules, Orpheus, Jason, Phaedra, Oedipus, and many more! The journey through myth unfolds through six unique parts, each pointing beyond the lustful and wrathful Olympian gods to the One Holy Creator who stands, like Aslan, at the back of all our stories.
Part I: Journeys and Origins
Part II: Platonic Myths
Part III: The Four Great Heroes
Part IV: The Tragic House of Thebes
Part V: The Tragic House of Atreus
Part VI: Love Lost and Found
The Myth Made Fact offers distinct insight into how the common people of pagan Greece and Rome received their myths and used them as guides to virtuous living. By doing so, Dr. Markos helps his readers receive myth in the right spirit: not as historical tales that contradict the Bible, but as testimonies to the yearnings of people who lacked clear revelation but nevertheless hungered and thirsted for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Did you check out The Myth Made Fact Bundle? It comes with the following digital resources:
1. Bulfinch’s Myths (audio)
To celebrate the release of The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes, Classical Academic Press has produced audio recordings of 28 myths from the highly regarded Bulfinch’s Mythology. As you listen to the recordings, the juxtaposition of Bulfinch’s retellings of these myths with Markos’s retellings will enrich your study and understanding of the myths, aiding you as you seek to see “beyond the lustful and wrathful Olympian gods to the One Holy Creator who stands, like Aslan, at the back of all our stories.”We are pleased to be able to present this audio resource—a $20 value—for your use.
2. Bulfinch’s Myths (PDF)
Beautifully designed as an accompaniment to The Myth Made Fact and the audio files, the 28 myths from Bulfinch’s Mythology are available in PDF format. Enjoy following along in the PDF as you listen to the recordings of the myths, or use it independently as resource for further study.
Teachers and parents, a number of the images of classic artwork within these PowerPoint slides include male and/or female nudity. We recommend reviewing the PowerPoint slides before sharing them with your students/children.
3. Accompanying PowerPoint Presentations
For the past 30 years, Dr. Louis Markos has specialized in instruction on the connection between Greek and Roman mythology and the Christian faith. As part of the anticipated release of The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes, Dr. Markos has supplied 9 of his specific lessons on Greek mythology in art, originally created as part of a master’s in fine arts class. These thoroughly crafted PowerPoint presentations, filled with beautiful artwork and accompanying notes will help deepen your understanding of the influence and prevalence of Greek and Roman mythology through the ages.
Expand Your Teacher Training with The Myth Made Fact ClassicalU Course
The Myth Made Fact with Dr. Louis Markos
In 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 Greek and 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. Instructional Hours: 8.10
Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Louis Markos PhD, Author