Most literature in the Western culture sits on the three-legged stool of mythology, the Bible, and Shakespeare. Exposure to those three areas means you have an easier time accessing literature, music, art, politics, history, government and jokes in Western culture. You really don't want to be me standing in the National Gallery staring up at the enormous, brilliant Ruebens' canvas and have your youngest son say in a voice loud enough to carry through three galleries, "Mom, who's Daniel?" :tongue_smilie:I have a somewhat pain-free suggestion for you on this point if you are interested.
I am interested. We are not religious but obviously need the cultural knowledge. Right now I think DD knows more Norse, Greek, Native American, etc. mythology than she knows about Bible characters and stories.
It was a real weakness in my humanities education (I have an English degree) and I never managed to remediate it all that well myself. I am only vaguely familiar with who Daniel is. Maybe he was eaten by a lion? Why or when or with whom I have no idea.