Is love just about cutting up paper doilies and coloring valentines? Do Valentine’s Day projects belong in your homeschool after the elementary years? Well, this week on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith, our guest discusses love’s rich heritage through literature.
This week, our guest is Dr. Gene Edward Veith, author, former WORLD Magazine culture editor, and provost of Patrick Henry College. Dr. Veith, thanks for joining us today!
Dr. Gene Veith:
Good to be with you.
This week we want to provide a Valentine’s Day theme for homeschoolers with older students. A unit study on various portrayals of love in literature is right up your alley, Dr. Veith. So let’s start this unit study at the beginning—the Greeks! Would you tell us about some of the famous couples in the stories of Homer? What’s so remarkable about them anyway?
Oh, one of the most romantic scenes in all of literature is probably when Hector, who is the big hero of the Trojans, meets with his wife, Andromache, and their little son comes up and tries to play with his helmet. And, in that scene, Hector says that where everybody else is fighting for honor and for revenge and all these other causes, the reason he’s fighting, the reason he’s putting his life on the line is for her—for his wife. And that scene, I think, really shows what a husband’s love for his family really is all about.
That’s really something to think about, Dr. Veith. Thank you so much for sharing that with us today! Listeners, tune in next time to hear more about Dante and love in The Divine Comedy
. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.