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Why We're All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World

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This engaging yet deeply informed work not only examines Roman history and the multitude of Roman achievements in rich and colorful detail but also delineates their crucial and lasting impact on Western civilization. Noted historian Carl J. Richard argues that although we Westerners are "all Greeks" in politics, science, philosophy, and literature and "all Hebrews" in mora ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 16th 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kathy Hale
Jun 23, 2015 Kathy Hale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this book. It gives reasons why the culture from the Greeks have come down to us through the Romans and were added to by other Romans. Each chapter deals with a different area such as law, literature, and history.
Jeff Lanter
Jan 06, 2013 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Why We're All Romans" is an interesting collection of some of Rome (and Greece's) biggest accomplishments and is presented in a well-written and entertaining manner. While I've read a fair number of books on Rome, I found quite a bit of new information and generally found this book to be a very worthwhile read. I'm going to sound a bit spoiled when I suggest a few criticisms of this book, but here goes nothing.

There are a few times where the author's brevity is a disservice to the reader. He d
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Daniel
Jun 02, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fun read! Carl Richard goes through the various famous men of Rome, explaining their significance to their own time, but most importantly how they influenced Western culture, and particularly the American Founding Fathers. Well written!
Vicki Cline
Aug 03, 2010 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The chapters on writing (philosophy, poetry, history, speeches and plays) all give a quick summary of Greek precursors as well as later European and American works which were influenced by the Romans. An interesting review is here - http://www.unrv.com/book-review/why-w....
Colin
I read this on my Kindle, and it inspired me to buy a hardcopy to display and lend. An excellent little book on the tremendous debt of Western culture in general to Rome. Highly recommended.
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