Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Greeks and Romans Inspired the Founding Fathers

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This lively and engaging book is the only popular work to explore the profound impact of Ancient Greece and Rome on the founding fathers. Recounting the stirring stories the founders encountered in their favorite histories of Greece and Rome, renowned scholar Carl J. Richard explores what they learned from these vivid tales and how they applied these lessons to their own heroic quest to win American independence and establish a durable republic.

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Overview

This lively and engaging book is the only popular work to explore the profound impact of Ancient Greece and Rome on the founding fathers. Recounting the stirring stories the founders encountered in their favorite histories of Greece and Rome, renowned scholar Carl J. Richard explores what they learned from these vivid tales and how they applied these lessons to their own heroic quest to win American independence and establish a durable republic.

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New American
Renowned classicist Carl J. Richard . . . delves into the lessons of history that the Founders leaned upon. . . . A necessary reminder of where to look if one seeks the deepest roots of American liberty.
Caroline Winterer
Carl Richard has given us another engaging and lucid glimpse into the rich and fascinating classical world of America's founding generation. With his thorough knowledge of both the classical past and how men in the eighteenth century understood it, Richard is able to show a broad audience of modern readers—who themselves may know little about the classical world—why ancient Greece and Rome have so long attracted Americans like a magnet.
Roger Kimball
Carl Richard has written a book that is as entertaining as it is informative. He brings the words and world of the Greek and Roman ancients to life with the same passion and understanding that kindled the Founding Fathers. Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the moral and intellectual sources that inspired the founders and helped define the ideals of American democracy.
Forrest McDonald
I have read Carl Richard's Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts with great pleasure. This is superb work. Historians of the American founding have long known that the founders were powerfully influenced by the ancient writers, but in the absence of long and tedious labors have not known enough about the subject to make their own studies complete. Richard has performed those labors for us and presented his findings in a way that is both crisply written and richly informative.
Jan. 2009 CHOICE
The conciseness and liveliness with which Richard reviews the ancient histories make his book a useful resource for all. Recommended.
November 2008 Human Events
[An] engaging account of what the founding generation knew about the classical world. . . . This book is well worth owning. Beyond showing what kind of education the Founders had and sketching out how it shaped their own accomplishments, it serves as an introduction to the kind of education that most of us have missed out on—and reminds us that it's never too late to get started.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780742556232
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Chapter I: The Storytellers and the Founders Part 2 Chapter II: Sparta and Individual Rights Part 3 Chapter III: The Persian Wars and the Superiority of Republican Government Part 4 Chapter IV: Athens and the Perils of Democracy Part 5 Chapter V: The Fall of Greece and the Need for a Strong Central Government Part 6 Chapter VI: Early Rome and Republican Virtue Part 7 Chapter VII: The Fall of the Roman Republic and the Need for Vigilance Part 8 Chapter VIII: The Roman Emperors and the Preciousness of Liberty Part 9 Conclusion
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

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    Whether he intends to or not, Richard makes a case for returning to a classical education model for our children. The brilliance of the Founding Fathers is largely explained by their early, frequent, and in-depth exposure to the classical works of the Greek and Roman writers. Such political insight and wisdom has never been nor will ever be duplicated by the products of government schools. I thank him for putting yet another nail in the coffin of this bankrupt system of education!

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