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....
|Title||:||Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers|
|Publisher||:||Rowman 35991st edition October 16, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||766 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers Reviews
The author begins by saying (Page ix): ". . .[T]he tales of Greece and Rome. . .were the tales that inspired the founders to rebel against the mother country and stablish a republic they hoped would one day rival those of Greece and Rome." That is the thesis of this book: That Greek and Roman practice with democracy was a major influence on the Founders of the American Republic. The presentation is literate and the arguments make sense. But the story is overstated considerably. To claim, as in the opening sentence of this review, that the Greek and Roman experiences inspired the founders to rebel, is way overstated. There were so many other factors--the experience of the colonies in self-government, the radical Whigs' critique of the English government, continental thinkers (Enlightenment thinkers, for example; Montesquieu; others).
is the book I wish I had read several years ago while in college. It is a very short and easy read, but shows the importance of ancient history to America's Founding Fathers. It is essentially a "dumbed down" and popularized version of Carl Richard's
Dr. Richard masterly delivers classical Greek and Roman history, while combining the significant epochs and their impact, in lesson format, to our Founding Fathers. Those fine gentlemen were certainly not alone in Philadelphia in 1787. They had the instruction of the ancients, with their mistakes, to guide them towards forming our great Republic. This is a vital, "must have" edition to any classical library.
This is just a great all-around book. The author made sure it was relatively easy to follow. This is one of my top 20 favorite books in the historical genre.
This was a gift for a Greek friend. He loved it.
Easy to read, informative, and pertinent to today's world.
Very well written, moderately high vocabulary but not unnecessarily. Highly informational and shocking as to the basis of what our government was founded upon.