UL historian Carl J. Richard has published a fascinating volume tracing essential Western ideas and traditions to ancient Rome.

Available at booksXYZ.com.

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 morality and spirituality, it was the Romans who made us Greeks and Hebrews.

As the author convincingly shows, from the Middle Ages on, most Westerners received Greek ideas from Roman sources. Similarly, when the Western world adopted the ethical monotheism of the Hebrews, it did so at the instigation of a Roman citizen named Paul, who took advantage of the peace, unity, stability, and roads of the empire to proselytize the previously pagan Gentiles, who quickly became a majority of the religion's adherents. Although the Roman government of the first century crucified Christ and persecuted Christians, Rome's fourth- and fifth- century leaders encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout the Western world.

In addition to making original contributions to administration, law, engineering, and architecture, the Romans modified and often improved the ideas they assimilated. Without the Roman sense of social responsibility to temper the individualism of Hellenistic Greece, classical culture might have perished, and without the Roman masses to proselytize and the social and material conditions necessary to this evangelism, Christianity itself might not have survived.

"Lively account of Ancient Rome."
     —Italian American Magazine, Summer 2010

"In Why We're All Romans, America's premier intellectual historian surveys the culture of the ancient Mediterranean with scholarly acumen and humane wit. Whether discussing Roman law, architecture, history or 'the Romanization of Christianity,' Carl Richard's well-written and informed account is an excellent introduction to the ancient culture that shaped the United States and is still important for American freedom and creativity."
     —E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado, Boulder

"At this critical moment in our history, Carl Richard recovers for us the deepest roots of American order. In clear and lively prose, he guides us through Roman civilization and its influence on the West, artfully melding entertaining anecdotes with spot-on analysis. Why We're All Romans is a superb summary of Roman history, one that will both delight and instruct the reader."
     —Bruce Thornton, Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution

   Table of Contents

 1.  Roman History in Brief
 2.  Administration and Law
 3.  Engineering and Architecture
 4.  Epic and Lyric Poetry
 5.  Speeches, Letter, and Agricultural Manuals
 6.  Philosophy
 7.  Historical Writing
 8.  Comedy and Satire
 9.  Greek and Jewish Contributions to the Roman Era
10. The Rise and Romanization of Christianity


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