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The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment Paperback – September 10, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0674314269 ISBN-10: 0674314263

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674314263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674314269
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While it is well known that the Greek and Latin languages and literatures informed the educations and cultural vocabularies of 18th-century Americans, few studies have fully attempted to describe and explore the formative role of the classics for the leaders of the American Revolution and the framers of the Constitution. Providing abundant examples, historian Richard (Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana) argues compellingly that the classics played a definitive role in the minds of figures such as Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Washington, and many others, providing not only theories of constitutional government, human nature, and virtue but even models for emulation. Richard makes a strong case for the continued relevance of the study of the classics. A lucidly written and informative book; for informed lay readers and specialists.
- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a well-conceived, solidly researched, and ably argued book about the influence of the classics in the the political thought of the founding fathers...This work will be required reading for historians interested in the ideological origins of the American republic. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the intellectual complexities of the period. (Frank Ninkovich The Historian)

An admirable book...Richard has done an impressive amount of scholarly detective work. (Roger Kimball Wall Street Journal)

A detailed and fascinating exposition of the classical traditions that gave the United States's founding generation so many political models and ideas. (Mortimer Sellers Washington Post Book World)

Richard's study offers intriguing glimpses into the minds of the founders through the lens of their classical learning, and the volume fairly bursts with engaging testimony...The force of the book's revelations and the charm of its matter win the day. (D. M. Hooley Religious Studies Review)

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Carl Richard does a fantastic job of drawing parallels between the founders and the Roman classics.
Daniel Foucachon
It is almost universally acclaimed that the political and judicial wisdom of the Founding Fathers in the construction of the U.S. Constitution is truly phenomenal.
George
Historians of the classics and of the Founders alike will find this book enlightening, refreshing, and essential to their scholarly work.
M. R. Holmes

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Holmes on April 1, 2004
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Richards asserts through this book that the "classics," being the ancient Greco-Roman historical/literary tradition, were the primary influence upon the American Founders through their education and socialization. The Founders' theories of government, their views on human nature, nature, and virtue, were all classical in essence and origin. The classical education of these great men gave them the impetus for the American Revolution, models and anti-models for the creation of the Constitution, and heavily influenced the overall worldview of the Founders despite the discrepancies and disagreements amongst themselves towards the classics.
Carl J. Richard is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a scholar of American Intellectual history. The purpose of this pioneering work was to spread more light on the educational and philosophical influences upon the historically important personages of the late colonial, revolutionary and early republican periods of American history.
Richard's arsenal of evidence includes the private and public correspondence of early American educators and the Founders, the records of the Federal Constitutional Convention and of the state ratifying conventions, the published writings of the Founders, and historical works by later American historians of the early American time period. Richards addresses his evidence critically and openly, and presents compelling arguments for his thesis.
Classical education produced men of intellect and virtue by instilling in the young the character traits of critical thinking, a love for liberty (and subsequently a fear of tyranny), a sense of civic duty and pride, and by presenting them with models of morality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George on June 12, 2008
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It is almost universally acclaimed that the political and judicial wisdom of the Founding Fathers in the construction of the U.S. Constitution is truly phenomenal. A big reason why is that they were well educated (many self educated) in the reading of the classics from the Greek and Roman eras of republican power and representative government. They took their advice and avoided their mistakes as history unfolded.

This book is of vital importance in understanding the foundations of our government as conceived by these men. At the same time it is an excellent summary of the classics themselves, which serves as an education in itself, and hopefully stimulates the reader to explore the classics more - many of which are not easy reading, but nevertheless profound and interesting. If every child in high school read this book our society would be improved immensely even though the ideas rendered from the readings would vary vastly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lemma on April 4, 2013
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This is a must for every serious student of U.S. History. Carl Richard clarifies the role classical education played in the political debates of our Founders. How such classical education and understanding coupled with more modern history of their time resulted in the establishment of the Federal Governament. He covers the issues facing the founders in determining what form of government monarchial systems, republicanism, democratic and other forms of government.
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Our great Founding Fathers were not the only ones in Philadelphia during that hot summer of 1787. They had with them the age of the Greeks, Roman, and European Enlightened thinkers. In this great work, Dr. Richard gives us a rich and exciting read of the great ancients whose works still give us the moral and natural laws we live by today.

A must own text for those that cherish our great Constitutional debates and the origination of some of the evolved thoughts coming to Philadelphia in 1787, but, originating as far back as 2,000 years ago.
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