Herakles, favorite son of Zeus, accomplishes feats that make him the great type of the hero in antiquity and elevate him into a god at his death. But in the Iliad, Homer makes Herakles the foil for the still greater glory of Achilles, son of the goddess Thetis and a mortal man. The differences between these heroes, especially in their relation to Zeus, expose the essentially theological tensions between the divine father and the son – a revealing contrast to the story of the Incarnation.
Glenn Arbery is Director of the Teachers Academy and Professor of Literature at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He received a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in English at the University of Georgia. After finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Dallas, he taught at University of St. Thomas and Thomas More College of Liberal Arts before returning to Dallas to become director of the Teachers Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Last year, he joined the faculty of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming.
His book Why Literature Matters appeared in 2001, and since then, he has edited three books: The Tragic Abyss, The Southern Critics: An Anthology and a volume of essays on St. Augustine’sConfessions. His novel Bearings and Distances will be published in 2015 by Wiseblood Books.