Τετάρτη, 4 Ιουλίου 2012

American Hellenic Council: Happy 4th of July !!

Happy 4th of July !!
On behalf of everyone at the American Hellenic Council, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy Independence Day!
On this occasion, we would like to remind you of the close ties between Greece & The United States. Despite the difficult times that Greece is currently undergoing, it's universally recognized that the Founding Fathers were inspired and influenced by the concept of democracy that was developed in Ancient Greece!
It is challenging times like these that we should remember Pericles' words: "We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all." In this spirit, we encourage you to be politically active and participate in the democratic regime. 
Greeks & Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers
Carl J Richard (Hardcover)
Table of Contents
Chapter I: The Storytellers and the Founders
Chapter II: Sparta and Individual Rights
Chapter III: The Persian Wars and the Superiority of Republican Government
Chapter IV: Athens and the Perils of Democracy
Chapter V: The Fall of Greece and the Need for a Strong Central Government
Chapter VI: Early Rome and Republican Virtue
Chapter VII: The Fall of the Roman Republic and the Need for Vigilance
Chapter VIII: The Roman Emperors and the Preciousness of Liberty
Conclusion
Reviews:
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 and 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 and 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 )

The conciseness and liveliness with which Richard reviews the ancient histories make his book a useful resource for all. Recommended. ( CHOICE, Jan. 2009 )

[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, November 2008 )

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) 
http://www.americanhellenic.org//bookstore/001.php 

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