Chris­tian­ity in Homer and Vergil

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Read­ing into the depths of Homer’s and Vergil’s verses, de­spite the en­counter with sev­eral gods and god­desses pa­gan to Chris­tian be­lief, we are con­stantly be­ing in­vited to ob­serve in them val­ues and prac­tices in­grain within the Chris­tian faith and cul­ture. Such val­ues and prac­tices in­clude the deep in­ter­est shown by the two au­thors in di­vine will and the re­sponse of hu­man be­ings to it in their lives; the very strong be­lief in the ex­is­tence of af­ter­life and the con­vic­tion that some time the good are re­warded and the evil are pun­ished, and the aware­ness of per­son­ages in their ac­counts of the need for prayer and ri­tual ob­ser­vance.

The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, to­gether with the Aeneid of Vergil, an­ima nat­u­raliter Chris­tiana par ex­cel­lence, serve as spir­i­tual books to all peo­ple of good will.

The Malta Clas­sics Association, is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive of both the staff and the stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Malta’s Depart­ment of Clas­sics and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

A public lec­ture by Prof. H.C.R Vella on Wed­nes­day 7th De­cem­ber at 6.30pm at the Md­ina Lo­cal Coun­cil or­gan­ised by The Malta Clas­sics Association

The public is in­vited, en­trance is free and light re­fresh­ments will fol­low

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