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Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts


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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

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Carl J. Richard is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


The conciseness and liveliness with which Richard reviews the ancient histories make his book a useful resource for all. Recommended. * CHOICE *
[An] engaging account of what the founding generation knew about the classical world. . . . This book is well worth owning. Beyond showing what kind of education the Founders had and sketching out how it shaped their own accomplishments, it serves as an introduction to the kind of education that most of us have missed out on-and reminds us that it's never too late to get started. * Human Events *
Renowned classicist Carl J. Richard . . . delves into the lessons of history that the Founders leaned upon. . . . A necessary reminder of where to look if one seeks the deepest roots of American liberty. * New American *
Carl Richard has given us another engaging and lucid glimpse into the rich and fascinating classical world of America's founding generation. With his thorough knowledge of both the classical past and how men in the eighteenth century understood it, Richard is able to show a broad audience of modern readers-who themselves may know little about the classical world-why ancient Greece and Rome have so long attracted Americans like a magnet. -- Caroline Winterer, Stanford University
Carl Richard has written a book that is as entertaining as it is informative. He brings the words and world of the Greek and Roman ancients to life with the same passion and understanding that kindled the Founding Fathers. Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the moral and intellectual sources that inspired the founders and helped define the ideals of American democracy. -- Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion
I have read Carl Richard's Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts with great pleasure. This is superb work. Historians of the American founding have long known that the founders were powerfully influenced by the ancient writers, but in the absence of long and tedious labors have not known enough about the subject to make their own studies complete. Richard has performed those labors for us and presented his findings in a way that is both crisply written and richly informative. -- Forrest McDonald, University of Alabama; author of We the People

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