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. Crucial to the decisions that shaped the United States, these lessons remain invaluable today for every citizen concerned with America's future course.
Carl J. Richard is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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 Conclusion