Frank H. Heck Memorial Fund

Dr. Frank Hopkins Heck came to Centre College in 1948 and remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1974. He was chair of the history department until 1967 and served as Dean of the College from 1955 to 1965.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, on October 18, 1904, Heck received a B.A. Degree from Lawrence College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. Degree from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Centre, he taught at Nebraska State Teachers College (Kearney State College) and Miami University of Ohio. Heck was honoured by Centre for his distinguished career in the academic field and by the Episcopal Church in Kentucky for his services to the Church. Centre presented him with an honorary degree in 1982, and the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Lexington presented him with the Bishop's Silver Medal in 1979. He was the founding member of Centre's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Heck died March 30, 1983, after a short illness.

The fund was created in 1983 with the note that the primary purpose is purchasing books for the library and the college archives, which are "a matter very close to the heart" of Dr. Heck. "Priority will be given to works illuminating the historical background of the disciplines involved."


Selections from the Heck Collection

(in alphabetical order by title)



A Dictionary of Actors and Other Persons Associated With the Public Representation of Plays In England Before 1642 by Edwin Nungezer
A Guide to scenes of daily life on Athenian vases by John Howard Oakley
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present by Andrew Gordon
Across Atlantic ice: the origin of America's Clovis culture by Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley
African Europeans: An Untold History by Olivette Otele
Afropean: Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts
After the Korean War: an intimate history by Heonik Kwon
Against the grain: a deep history of the earliest states by James C. Scott
All that she carried: the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake by Tiya Miles
Al-Muḥaddithāt: the women scholars in Islam by Muḥammad Akram Nadwī
The ambivalences of rationality: ancient and modern cross-cultural explorations by G.E.R. Lloyd
An American biblical orientalism: the construction of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in nineteenth century American evangelical piety by David D. Grafton
America on fire: the untold history of police violence and Black rebellion since the 1960s by Elizabeth Kai Hinton
An Imperial Homeland: Forging German Identity in Southwest Africa by Adam A. Blackler
Analogical investigations: historical and cross-cultural perspectives on human reasoning by G.E.R. Lloyd
An Introduction to Middle East Politics by Benjamin MacQueen
The annals of Tacitus, Books 1-6 by Cornelius Tacitus, edited by A.J. Woodman & Ronald H. Martin
Anxiety in and about Africa: multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches edited by Andrea Mariko Grant and Yolana Pringle
The Arab Spring between transformation and capture: autonomous, media, and mobility in Tunisia by Oana Pârvan
Archaeology and Homeric epic edited by Susan Sherratt and John Bennet
Arms and armor of the Greeks by Anthony M. Snodgrass
The art and archaeology of ancient Greece by Judith M. Barringer
The art of contact: comparative approaches to Greek and Phoenician art by S. Rebecca Martin
The art of controversy: political cartoons and their enduring power, by Victor S. Navasky


The battle for Pakistan: the bitter US friendship and a tough neighbourhood by Shuja Nawaz
Battles and battlefields of Ancient Greece: a guide to their history, topography and archaeology by C. Jacob Butera and Matthew A. Sears
Being Muslim: a cultural history of women of color in American Islam by Sylvia Chan-Malik
Between Christ and Caliph: law, marriage, and Christian community in early Islam by Lev E. Weitz
Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic intellectual history in cross-cultural perspective by Kathryn Stevens
Blood and ruins: the last imperial war, 1931-1945 by R. J. Overy
Blood of the provinces: the Roman auxilia and the making of provincial society from Augustus to the Severans by Ian P Haynes
The Book of the Jihad of 'Ali ibn Tahir al-sulami (d. 1106): text, translation and commentary by Niall Christie
Buried by Vesuvius: the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum edited by Kenneth D. S. Lapatin


Caligula: the abuse of power by Anthony Barrett
The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy by Martin Revermann
The Cambridge Companion to Hippocrates edited by Peter E. Pormann
The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar by Luca Grillo and Christopher B. Krebs
The Carthaginian Empire: 550-202 BCE by Nathan Pilkington
Cato the Younger: life and death at the end of the Roman republic by Fred K. Drogula
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Chasing the last laugh: Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour by Richard Zacks
Children and childhood in classical Athens by Mark Golden
China and Japan: facing history by Ezra F. Vogel
China's good war: how World War II is shaping a new nationalism by Rana Mitter
The city: a world history by Andrew Lees
The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America by Richard Rothstein
The Color Line: a Novel by Igiaba Scego
Comic Angels: and Other Approaches to Greek Drama Through Vase-Paintings by Oliver Taplin
Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction by Dan Stone
The conclusive argument from God = Shāh Walī Allāh of Delhi's Hujjat Allāh al-bāligha by Shah Waliullah Dehlawi
Confederate Colonels: a Biographical Register (Vol. 1) Shades of Blue and Gray {Special Collections} by Bruce S. Allardice
A corner of a foreign field: the Indian history of a British sport by Ramachandra Guha
Corrections in Early Quran Manuscripts: Twenty Examples by Daniel Alan Brubaker
Cosmology and biology in ancient philosophy: from Thales to Avicenna, edited by Ricardo Salles
Contemporary Germany: Politics and Culture by Charles Burton Burdick, Hans Adolf Jacobsen, and Winfried Kudszus
Cuban Communism, 1959 - 2003 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Jmie Schlicki
A cultural history of democracy, edited by Eugenio F. Biagini, Paul Cartledge, et. al.
Cultural identity in the ancient Mediterranean by Erich S. Gruen


The darkening age: the Christian destruction of the classical world by Catherine Nixey
The dawn of everything: a new history of humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow
The death and resurrection of Jesus: a narrative-critical reading of Matthew 26-28 by John Heil
A decade of upheaval: the Cultural Revolution in rural China by Guoqiag Dong and Andrew G. Walder
Derek Walcott and the Creation of a Classical Caribbean by Justine McConnell
The description of the world by Marco Polo, edited & translated by Sharon Kinoshita
Destined for war: can America and China escape Thucydides's trap? By Graham T. Allison
Dialect and nationalism in China, 1860-1960 by Gina Anne Tam
Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800 (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) by Sara Scalenghe
Documents in Mycenaean Greek by John Chadwick and Michael Ventris
Doomed by cartoon: how cartoonist Thomas Nast and the New-York times brought down Boss Tweed and his ring of thieves by John Adler
Drunk: how we sipped, danced, and stumbled our way to civilization by Edward Slingerland


Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land by N. Scott Momaday
The East India Company, 1600/1858: a short history with documents
 by Ian J. Barrow
Eine Ganze Welt Gegen Uns: Eine Geschichte Des Weltkriegs in Bildern by Werner Beumelburg and Wilhelm Reetz
Eleanor of Aquitaine and the four kings by Amy R. Kelly
Elusive pirates, pervasive smugglers: violence and clandestine trade in the Greater China Seas by Robert J. Antony
Empire and jihad: the Anglo-Arab wars of 1870-1920 by Neil Faulkner
The Emperor Nero: a guide to the ancient sources edited by Anthony Barrett, Elaine Fantham, John Yardley
The end of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
The essential Díaz: selections from the True history of the conquest of New Spain by Bernal Díaz del Castillo, edited & translated by Janet Burke and Ted Humphrey


Faces of Muhammad: Western perceptions of the prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to today by John V. Tolan
Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature: Ergo decipiatur! edited by Javier Martínez
Far-right vanguard: the radical roots of modern conservatism by John S. Huntington
Fear and loathing in ancient Athens: religion and politics during the Peloponnesian War by Alexander Rubel
The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Uequality in the Criminal Courts by Stephen B. Bright and James Kwak
The feeling of history: Islam, romanticism, and Andalusia by Charles Hirschkind
Female sexuality in the early medieval Islamic world: gender and sex in Arabic literature by Pernilla Myrne
The finds from the Bar Kokhba period in the Cave of Letters by Yigael Yadin
Fiscal regimes and the political economy of premodern states edited by Andrew Monson and Walter Scheidel
Forbidden fruit: counterfactuals and international relations by Richard Ned Lebow
Forbidden passages: Muslims and Moriscos in colonial Spanish America by Karoline P. Cook
Foreigners under Mao: Western lives in China, 1949-1976 by Beverley Hooper
Forgotten ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
Four hundred souls: a community history of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Fragmente einer Geschichte der griechischen Komödie = Fragmentary history of Greek comedy edited by Stylianos Chronopoulos and Christian Orth
The Freest Country In the World: East Germany's Final Year In Culture and Memory by Professor Stephen Brockmann
From Stonehenge to Mycenae: the challenges of archaeological interpretation by John C. Barrett and Michael J. Boyd
From the war on poverty to the war on crime: the making of mass incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton
The frontiers of ancient science: essays in honor of Heinrich von Staden edited by Brooke Holmes and Klaus-Dietrich Fischer
Fútbol!: why soccer matters in Latin America by Joshua H. Nadel
Futebol nation: the story of Brazil through soccer by David Goldblatt


The GAA: a people's history by Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan, Paul Rouse
Gardens and gardeners of the ancient world: [history, myth & archaeology] by Linda Farrar
Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom by Finkelstein
Germania: in wayward pursuit of the Germans and their history by Simon Winder
G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage
God's crucible: Islam and the making of Europe, 570 to 1215 by David Levering Lewis
Greek historical inscriptions, 478-404 BC edited by Robin Osborne and P.J. Rhodes
The Greeks and their past: poetry, oratory and history in the fifth century BCE by Jonas Grethlein
A Greek state in formation: the origins of Mycenaean Pylos by Jack L. Davis and Sharon R. Stocker
The Greco-Persian Wars: a short history with documents, edited by Erik Jensen


Hadrian's Wall by Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
Hallaj: poems of a Sufi martyr by al-Ḥusayn ibn Manṣūr Ḥallāj, translated by Carl W. Ernst
The Haitian Revolution: a documentary history by David Patrick Geggus
The Habsburg Empire: a new history by Pieter Judson
Herculaneum: a sourcebook by Brian Brennan
Herodotus and the question why by Christopher Pelling
The History of Akbar. Volume I by Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Mubārak, edited & translated by W. M. Thackston
The History of Akbar. Volume 2 by Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Mubārak, edited & translated by W. M. Thackston
A history of conversion to Islam in the United States. Vol. 2. The African American Islamic Renaissance, 1920-1975 by Patrick D. Bowen
The History of Girolamo Savonarola and of His Times by Pasquale Villari
History of the Kentucky Democratic Party: Two Centuries of Slow Progress to Progressive by Kenny Fogle
History, texts and art in early Babylonia: three essays by Piotr Steinkeller
Holocaust: an American understanding by Deborah E. Lipstadt
The holy cities, the pilgrimage and the world of Islam: a history from the earliest traditions until 1925 (1344h) by Sulṭān Ghālib al- Quʼaiṭī
Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat - An American History by Christina Ward
The Horde: how the Mongols changed the world by Marie Favereau
How dead languages work by Coulter H. George
The Hundred Years' War On Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance by Rashid Khalidi


In Asian Waters: Oceanic Worlds from Yemen to Yokohama by Eric Tagliacozzo
Infinitesimal: how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world by Amir Alexander
I Have No Enemies: the Life and Legacy of Liu Xiaobo by Perry Link and Dazhi Wu
Image and Reality Of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman G. Finkelstein
Inky fingers: the making of books in early modern Europe by Anthony Grafton
In Montparnasse: the emergence of surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali by Sue Roe
The Inquisition of the Middle Ages, its organization and operation by Henry Charles Lea
In the Camps: China's High-Tech Penal Colony by Darren Byler
International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues by Stanley Toops
Interpreting Herodotus edited by Thomas Harrison and Elizabeth Irwin
Islam in Pakistan: a history by Muhammad Qasim Zaman
Islands in the West: classical myth and the medieval Norse and Irish geographical imagination by Matthias Egeler
Ivli Caesaris commentariorvm: libri III de Bello civili by Julius Caesar, edited by Cynthia Damon


James Henry Hammond and the Old South: a Design for Mastery by Drew Gilpin Faust
Japanese war criminals: the politics of justice after the Second World War
 by Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt, and Dean Aszkielowicz
Jerusalem pilgrims before the Crusades by John Donald Wilkinson
Journey into the Land of the Zeks and Back: A Memoir of the Gulag by IUIii Margolin
Julius Caesar's battle for Gaul: new archaeological perspectives edited by Andrew P. Fitzpatrick and Colin Haselgrove


Khalifa ibn Khayyat's History on the Umayyad Dynasty (660-750) by Khalīfah ibn Khayyāṭ ʻUṣfūrī, translated by Carl Wurtzel, edited by Robert G Hoyland
Killing for the republic: citizen-soldiers and the Roman way of war by Steele Brand
King Leopold's Congo and the "scramble for Africa": a short history with documents by Michael A. Rutz
Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
The king's painter: the life and times of Hans Holbein by Franny Moyle


The last embassy: the Dutch mission of 1795 and the forgotten history of western encounters with China by Tonio Andrade
Left behind: the Democrats' failed attempt to solve inequality by Lily Geismer
The Lies of the Land: Seeing Rural America For What It Is and Isn't by Steven Conn
The life of Alcibiades: dangerous ambition and the betrayal of Athens by Jacqueline de Romilly
Linear B: an introduction by J.T. Hooker
Lives of eminent philosophers: an edited translation by Diogenes Laertius, translated by Stephen White
Living in the Ottoman realm: empire and identity, 13th to 20th centuries edited by Christine Isom-Verhaaren and Kent F. Schull
Londinium: a biography: Roman London from its origins to the fifth century by Richard Hingley
Longing for the lost caliphate: a transregional history by Mona Hassan
Lotharingia: a personal history of Europe's lost country by Simon Winder
The Luwian Civilization: the Missing Link in the Aegean Bronze Age by Eberhard Zangger
The Luwians of western Anatolia: their neighbours and predecessors by Fred Woudhuizen


Mapping Black People: Monuments, Markers, Memories by Natasha A. Kelly and Olive Vassell
Maria Theresa: the Habsburg empress in her time by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
Martin Luther: visionary reformer by Scott H. Hendrix
Mass and elite in the Greek and Roman worlds: from Sparta to late antiquity by Richard J. Evans
Matteo Ricci and the Catholic mission to China, 1583-1610: a short history with documents by R. Po-chia Hsia
Mercury's wings: exploring modes of communication in the ancient world edited by F.S. Naiden and Richard J.A. Talbert
The mirror of my heart: a thousand years of Persian poetry by women translated by Dick Davis
Modern Muslim theology: engaging God and the world with faith and imagination by Martin Nguyen
Mortal republic: how Rome fell into tyranny by Edward Jay Watts
Muhammad and the empires of faith: the making of the prophet of Islam by Sean W. Anthony
Murder On the Ohio Belle by Stuart W. Sanders
Muslim Sources of the Crusader Period: An Anthology by James E. Lindsay and Sulayman Ali Murad
Muslims in the Moves: A Global Anthology by Kristian Peterson
My Old Kentucky Home: The astonishing life and reckoning of an iconic american song by Emily Bingham


Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World by Anthony Sattin
The Northern Ireland Problem: A Study in Group Relations by Denis P. Barritt and Charles Frederick Carter
Numbers and the making of us: counting and the course of human cultures by Caleb Everett


On grand strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
'Orphic' gold tablets and Greek religion: further along the path edited by Radcliffe G. Edmonds
The Oxford handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean edited by Carolina López-Ruiz and Brian R. Doak


The Passion of Perpetua: A Latin Text of the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis with Running Vocabulary and Commentary by Mia Donato, Carolyn Egargiola, Eli Gendreau-Distler, et. al.
The people's republic of amnesia: Tiananmen revisited by Louisa Lim
The perils of interpreting: the extraordinary lives of two translators between Qing China and the British Empire by Henrietta Harrison
The Persian war: in Herodotus and other ancient voices by William Shepherd
Phoenicians and the making of the Mediterranean by Carolina Lopez-Ruiz
A place for everything: the curious history of alphabetical order by Judith Flanders
Plagues upon the earth: disease and the course of human history by Kyle Harper
A pioneer in Yokohama: a Dutchman's adventures in the new treaty port; from Ontmoetingen ter zee and te land by Cornelis Theodoor van Assendelft de Coningh and Martha Chaiklin
Playing the enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation by John Carlin
Plutarch's Parallel lives: narrative technique and moral judgement by Chrysanthos S. Chrysanthous
The Political Economy of Classical Athens by Barry O'Halloran
The Political Thought of Xi Jinping by Steve Yui-Sang Tsang and Olivia Cheung
Politics and society in imperial Rome by Aloys Winterling
The politics of public space in Republican Rome by Amy Russell
The princess and the prophet: the secret history of magic, race, and Moorish Muslims in America by Jacob S. Dorman
The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler by Robert G. L. Waite
Ptolemy I Soter: a self-made man by Timothy Howe


The Qur'ān and the Bible: text and commentary by Gabriel Said Reynolds, Qur'ān translation by Ali Quli Qarai
The Queue: A Novel by Basma Abdel Aziz


Rabi'a from narrative to myth: the many faces of Islam's most famous woman saint, Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya by Rkia Elaroui Cornell
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford
Restoring the Minoans: Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans edited by Jennifer Y. Chi
The rise and fall of the neoliberal order: America and the world in the free market era by Gary Gerstle
The road to Dien Bien Phu: a history of the first war for Vietnam by Christopher Goscha
The Roman street: urban life and society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome by Jeremy Hartnett
Rome, blood and power: reform, murder and popular politics in the Late Republic 70-27 BC by Gareth C. Sampson
Rome: a living portrait of an ancient city by Stephen L. Dyson
Rural Worlds Lost: the American South 1920 - 1960 by Jack Temple Kirby


The sacred band: three hundred Theban lovers fighting to save Greek freedom by James S. Romm
Samurai Warlords: The Book of the Daimyo by Stephen R. Turnbull
by Muhammad Ibn Jarir Al-Tabari
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence
Seven myths of the Crusades by Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt
Shackles of iron: slavery beyond the Atlantic by Gordon T. Stewart
The shadow of Vesuvius: a life of Pliny by Daisy Dunn
Shawnee! The Ceremonialism of A Native American Tribe and Its Cultural Background by James H. Howard
The Silk Roads: a new history of the world by Peter Frankopan
Slavery and abolition, 1831-1841 by Albert Bushnell Hart
Sleeping With the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints Of Slavery by Joseph McGill, Jr.
Small World by Martin Parr
Sparks: China's Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future by Ian Johnson
The spectre of war: international communism and the origins of World War II by Jonathan Haslam
Spies on the Sidelines: The High Stakes World of NFL Espionage by Kevin Bryant
Studies on the text of Caesar's Bellum civile by Cynthia Damon
Studies on the text of Suetonius' 'De Uita Caesarum' by Robert A. Kaster
Suetoni Tranquilli De vita Caesarum libros VIII ; et De grammaticis et rhetoribus librum by Suetonius, edited by Robert A. Kaster
Sufi Lyrics by Bullhe Shāh, edited & translated by C. Shackle
A survey of Arab history by Bernard G. Weiss and Arnold H. Green
Surviving the forgotten genocide: an Armenian memoir by John Minassian


The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang by Perhat Tursun
The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I by Elizabeth Queen, Consort of Frederick I. King of Bohemia
The House of Commons, 1422-1461 (7 Volumes)
The Invention of China by Bill Hayton
The One and the Many: The Early History of the Qur'an by Francois Deroche
The Propagandists' Playbook: How Conservative Elites Manipulate Search and Threaten Democracy by Francesca Bolla Tripodi
The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy
The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948 by Wasif Jawhariyah
The Taiping rebellion and the Western powers; a comprehensive survey by Têng Ssu-yü
The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the Systems Behind Them by Eugen Kogon
Thomas Nast: the father of modern political cartoons by Fiona Deans Halloran
Thucydides on the outbreak of war: character and contest by Seth N. Jaffe
Time's monster: how history makes history by Priya Satia
To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Native Yurok Woman by (Che-na-wah Weitch-ah-wah) Lucy Thompson
Two Arabic travel books: accounts of China and India edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith, James E. Montgomery
The Tyrant-slayers of ancient Athens: a tale of two statues by Vincent Azoulay, translated by Janet Lloyd
The World the Plague Made: The Black Death and the Rise of Europe by James Belich
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott


The ultimate ambition in the arts of erudition: a compendium of knowledge from the classical Islamic world by Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb Nuwayrī, edited & translated by Elias Muhanna
The United States and China: a history from the eighteenth century to the present by Dong Wang
The universe speaks in numbers: how modern math reveals nature's deepest secrets by Graham Farmelo
The university in medieval life, 1179-1499 by Hunt Janin
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt
The U.S.-Mexican border today: conflict and cooperation in historical perspective by Paul Ganster and Kimberly Collins
Useful enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western political thought, 1450-1750 by Noel Malcolm


The war of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians by Thucydides, edited & translated by Jeremy Mynott
Warriors of Anatolia: a concise history of the Hittites by Trevor R. Bryce
We the people: the 500-year battle over who is American by Ben Railton
What it took to win: a history of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin
What might have been: leading historians on twelve "what ifs" of history edited by Andrew Roberts
Why?: explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
Women in the world of Frederick Douglass by Leigh Fought
The wonder team: the story of the Centre College Praying Colonels and their rise to the top of the football world, 1917-1924 by Robert W. Robertson
Working With Ghanaians by Michael Creighton
The writing of the gods: the race to decode the Rosetta Stone by Edward Dolnick


Xual: Mission, House, Village, Town by Lisa Kay Adams


You bet your life: from blood transfusions to mass vaccination, the long and risky history of medical innovations by Paul A. Offit


Zahra's Paradise by Amir