Tales of the Greek Heroes

By Roger Lancelyn Green, Introduced by Rick Riordan

(Puffin Classics, 2009)

 Reviewed by Colin Kerr

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This book was first written a significant number of years ago (1958), but, thanks in no small part to the writer of this edition’s introduction – Rick Riordan – renewed interest in Greek mythology has created a readership for a re-release. Riordan is, of course, the author of the popular Percy Jackson stories that revolve around the adventures of the titular character, Percy, aka Perseus, the son of Poseidon.

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Constantine the Emperor: Debating the Legacy

Reviewed by Adam DeVille

Two decades ago when I began to read Stanley Hauerwas, I found him frequently railing against the baleful influence of ‘Constantinianism,’ by which he meant (at the time) the interference in, and thus taming of, the Church by the empire–notions Hauerwas borrowed, if memory serves, from John Howard Yoder. I was not entirely convinced of this line of argumentation at the time, and over the years have become less so; I think Hauerwas has himself moderated his views somewhat.

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The Black Death: A Personal History

By John Hatcher

(Da Capo Press, 2008)

 Reviewed by Colin Kerr

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This is a remarkable book. Of the few books that are regularly available at the book stores on this topic, I was drawn to this one mainly due to the pedigree of its author – a long time professor at Cambridge, someone who has taught about the Black Plague for twenty years. I had read a certain amount about the Plague over the years, but wanted to get a bit closer to it, to build on what had so captivated me in Boccaccio’s famous description of it at the start of his Decameron.

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