Was Beowulf a real person?

In Beowulf, the world’s oldest English poem, fictional elements and actual historical events are intertwined.  Beowulf is the stuff of legend and is likely drawn from qualities of one or more real people.  Through discussing texts such as Beowulf, our students wrestle with the concepts of myth and truth as they engage in Socratic dialogue around Harkness tables.  From Grammar School to Rhetoric School, literature and history are taught in tandem, challenging students to ask the “great questions of mankind” while using Scripture as the guide for what is true, good and beautiful.   Classical education places great emphasis on the idea of learning from original texts.  In Grammar School, students focus on great works of literature rather than “readers.” During their time in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric, Geneva students tackle over fifty great works of literature.