Greeks and Romans bearing gifts : how the ancients inspired the Founding Fathers /

Explores 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...

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Main Author: Richard, Carl J.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.
©2008.
Edition:First paperback edition.
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Summary:Explores 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.
Physical Description:xi, 203 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-193) and indexes.
ISBN:9780742556249
9780742556232
0742556239
0742556247
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