In Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World, Carl J. Richard brings to life a group of men whose contributions fundamentally altered western society. In this compelling narrative, readers encounter a rich cast of characters, including eloquent Homer, shrewd Pericles, fiery Alexander, idealistic Plato, ambitious Caesar, dedicated Paul, and passionate Augustine. As he vibrantly describes the contributions of the individuals, Richard details the historical context in which each lived, showing how these men influenced their world and ours.
Carl J. Richard is associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and author of The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Homer: Founder of Western Literature Chapter 4 Thales: Founder of Western Science Chapter 5 Themistocles: Defender of Greek Civilization Chapter 6 Pericles: Democratic Reformer Chapter 7 Plato: Founder of Western Philosophy Chapter 8 Alexander the Great: Disseminator of Greek Culture Chapter 9 Scipio Africanus: Defender of the Roman Republic Chapter 10 Julius Caesar: Destroyer of the Roman Republic Chapter 11 Cicero: Statesman, Philosopher, and Republican Martyr Chapter 12 Augustus: Founder of the Roman Empire Chapter 13 Paul of Tarsus: Christian Evangelist Chapter 14 Augustine: Christian Theologian Chapter 15 Brief Bibliographical Suggestions for General Readers