Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers.

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Carl J. Richard

Professor of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

This seminar details how the eighteenth-century American educational system instilled in the founders of the United States a love and admiration for the historians and orators of ancient Greece and Rome. It then identifies the lessons that the founders learned from each period of Greek and Roman history and demonstrates that these lessons influenced their approach to a host of constitutional and practical issues that were crucial to the formation of the new American republic. In so doing it shows that the vivid tales of Greece and Rome shaped the founders’ own heroic quest to win American independence and establish a durable republic.

Biography

Carl J. Richard received his Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University in 1988. His books include The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Englightenment (Harvard University Press, 1994), Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation’s Thought (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States (Harvard University Press, 2009), and Why We’re All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

Assigned Reading

Carl J. Richard, Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)

Reception

A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery

Sponsors

Center for Global Humanities

Contact

cgh@une.edu

(207) 221-4335

Mar252013
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public