Louis Markos, PhD

  • Professor of English
  • Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities
  • Scholar-in-Residence

Education

  • MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • BA in English and History from Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)

Courses Taught

  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Victorian Poetry and Prose
  • C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Mythology and Epic
  • Film  and Art

Teaching Focus

While at the University of Michigan, he specialized in British Romantic Poetry (his dissertation was on Wordsworth), Literary Theory, and the Classics.

Publications

Dr. Markos, who is an authority on C. S. Lewis, apologetics, and ancient Greece and Rome and who lectures widely for classical Christian and classical charter schools and conferences, is the author of twenty-two books, including From Plato to Christ: How Platonic Thought Shaped the Christian Faith, The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian EyesAncient Voices: An Insider’s Look at Classical GreeceFrom Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan ClassicsOn the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and LewisLiterature: A Student’s GuideHeaven & Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic TraditionApologetics for the 21st CenturyAtheism on TrialRestoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet, From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian AgeLewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, three Worldview Guides to the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, and The Dreaming Stone and In the Shadow of Troy, children’s novels in which his kids become part of Greek Mythology and the epics of Homer. All his books are available at his Amazon author page

To view some of his lectures, visit his YouTube channel at Louis Markos – YouTube

He has also produced two lecture series available from the Teaching CompanyThe Life and Writings of C. S. LewisPlato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author, published over 300 articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar’s Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, given over 300 public lectures on such topics as C. S. Lewis, apologetics, education, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in over two dozen states and in British Columbia, Canada, Oxford, England, and Rome, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris, Euripides’ Helen, and Sophocles’ Electra performed off-Broadway in the Fall of 2011, Fall of 2012, and Spring of 2013, respectively

Additional Information

Although a devoted professor who works closely with his students, Dr. Markos is dedicated to the concept of the professor as public educator.  He firmly believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the academy, but must be freely and enthusiastically disseminated to all those “who have ears to hear.”  As a specifically Christian professor he also adheres to a second goal: to fuse into a single stream the humanist strivings of Athens and the Christian truths of Jerusalem.  Believing that “all truth is God’s truth,” Dr. Markos seeks to measure all human knowledge against the touchstone of orthodox Christian doctrine (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, and the Resurrection).  Believing further that Christianity is not the only truth but the only COMPLETE truth, he seeks to discover in the cultures, mythologies, religions and philosophies of the ancient (and modern) world intimations and foreshadowings of the greater truths revealed in Christ and the Bible.  In pursuing this goal, his three principle mentors have been Plato, Dante, and C. S. Lewis, his central vision has been that of the Magi (whose pagan wisdom proved a partial guide to encountering the Christ child), and his core biblical passage Paul’s address to the Areopagus at Athens (Acts 17).