Louis Markos, PhD

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


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

Courses Taught

  • Ancient Greece and Rome (for the Honors College)
  • Medieval and Renaissance (for the Honors College)
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Victorian Poetry and Prose
  • Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose
  • C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Mythology
  • Epic
  • Film (classics, Hitchcock, Capra, Hollywood Studios, musicals, etc.)

Teaching Focus

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


Dr. Markos, who is an authority on C. S. Lewis and who lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU’s Honors College, is the author of eleven books: From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet, Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, Literature: A Student’s GuideOn the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis, Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition, C. S. Lewis: An Apologist for Education, and From A to Z to Narnia with C. S. Lewis. All these books are available at his Amazon author page.


He has also produced two lecture series available from the Teaching Company, The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author, published over 120 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, 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. His adaptations of Medea and Oedipus are on the docket for future performances. He has also co-written a film about the life and conversion of C. S. Lewis.

Additional Information

Dr. Markos is a popular speaker, and has delivered well over 300 public lectures on such topics as C. S. Lewis, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in some two dozen states and in Oxford, Rome, and British Columbia. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Stacey.
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