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

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

by Carl J. Richard
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers

This lively and engaging book is the only popular work to explore the profound impact of Ancient Greece and Rome on the Founding Fathers. The classical education they imbibed as young students inspired them to undertake the American Revolution and influenced their approach to a host of constitutional and practical issues crucial to the shaping of the new American republic. 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. Richard explains how the founders learned the importance of individual rights from the absence of those rights in Sparta, the superiority of republican government to monarchy from the Greek victory over the Persians, the perils of democracy from the instability of Athens, the need for a strong central government from the fall of Greece to Macedon and Rome, the importance of virtue to the success of a republic from early Rome, the need for eternal vigilance against ambitious individuals from the fall of the Roman republic, and the preciousness of liberty from its destruction by the Roman emperors. Crucial to the decisions that shaped the United States, these lessons remain invaluable today for every citizen concerned with America's future course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742556249
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2009
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 306,949
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Storytellers and the Founders
Chapter 2: Sparta and Individual Rights
Chapter 3: The Persian Wars and the Superiority of Republican Government
Chapter 4: Athens and the Perils of Democracy
Chapter 5: The Fall of Greece and the Need for a Strong Central Government
Chapter 6: Early Rome and Republican Virtue
Chapter 7: The Fall of the Roman Republic and the Need for Vigilance
Chapter 8: The Roman Emperors and the Preciousness of Liberty

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