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Heroes of the City of Man: A Christian Guide to Select Ancient Literature

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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 obvi ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Canon Press (first published July 15th 1999)
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Cheryl
Jun 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
QUESTION: Should Christian young people be exposed to classical works depicting other religious worldviews? If they are not, how will they be prepared with a ready answer and be well-educated of culturally important works?
ANSWER: Peter Leithart

Leithart enters the debate with an excellent resource for the education of Christian young people. He takes "important" classical works and examines them by practically contrasting them against the Biblical worldview. I use the word "important" as a term m
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Michael
Feb 05, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
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Heroes from the City of Man, by Peter Leithart ***

I have long disliked the contemporary habit of trying to force post-modern sensibilities on any literature that pre-dates the advent of Derrida. The practice of reading the classics from a Marxist/feminist/queer perspective to milk from them some evidence of white European male repression of everyone and everything is abominable and the accompanying theories garbage. I feel almost defiled anytime I come in contact with them. Reading Peter Leithar
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Tim
Sep 04, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it
This is one of three books Peter Leithart has written on the classics. This one is on ancient literature, the other two are on Dante and Shakespeare respectively. All are well worth reading to shed light not just on the background of the particular work he's analyzing but to put that piece in a broader context of a Christian worldview. Whereas Dante and to a little lesser extent Shakespeare have Christianity embedded into them (it's not overt in Shakespeare), ancient literature lacks this scope. ...more
Clay
Dec 07, 2009 Clay rated it really liked it
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This book provides a defense for a christian reading of the classics and provides a step by step commentary on 8 classic works (4 epics, 4 dramas). This is a great approach to pagan literature, looking at the ways the human creativity innately expresses the divine mind, and also looking at the areas where our current western civilization has borrowed from the Greeks and what impact it has on our current thought and world view (good and bad).

I was impressed enough to buy the book for my own edifi
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Frank Dragash
Oct 29, 2009 Frank Dragash rated it it was amazing
An excellent guide to select ancient literature. The author addresses the problem of the meaning that rests behind the intent of the authors of such literature. In this book the author insists on gaining the insight into the subject he addresses simply because without it one is left flouting and detached from understanding in general, in this matter. On the other hand , the moment the reader starts gaining the insight into the problematic of this kind of fundamental literature, everything falls ...more
Jennifer
Jul 03, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I come back to this book over & over again. So helpful, articulate, and biblical.
Ryan
Apr 23, 2013 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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Leithart's work on the ancient classics is extremely well-done. As a fan of Homer, I especially enjoyed the chapters about the Iliad and the Odyssey, but I learned a lot from his poetic analysis such as the word plays, structures of the poems, and overarching themes which I didn't catch when I read through these works. This book is excellent for any ancient Greek history/mythology fans, and I think Leithart's combination of in-depth analysis and Christian worldview will lead me to read more of h ...more
Jeremy
Nov 25, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Started on July 2, 2012. Thought I might use some information for my conference paper at Dordt College.
Brian
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Leithart again provides much illumination that proved invaluable to my understanding of the classical works.
Johnnie
Dec 12, 2015 Johnnie rated it it was amazing
Every Christian should own a copy of this book before reading Greek mythology. Well done.
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Peter Leithart received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. He has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyter ...more
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