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What the Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans
Carl Richard, author of "The Founders and the Classics," Thomas Ricks, author of "First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country," and and Caroline Winterer, author of "The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910," explore the influence of the Greeks and Romans on America's founders and ultimately a new nation. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

Dec 3, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Carl Richard
Professor of History @University of Louisiana at Lafayette
His books include "The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment;" "Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World;" "The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation's Thought;" "Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers;" "The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States;" "Why We're All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World;" "When the United States Invaded Russia: Woodrow Wilson's Siberian Disaster;" and "The Founders and the Bible." He has also contributed a host of essays to edited volumes, including two books published by Oxford University Press.
Thomas Ricks
Author of "First Principles: What the Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country"
Thomas Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008 and was on the staff of the Wall Street Journal for 17 years before that. He reported on American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he is also the author of several books, including "The Generals, The Gamble, Churchill & Orwell," and the number-one New York Times bestseller "Fiasco," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote "First Principles" while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.
Caroline Winterer
Chair of the Department of History & William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies @Stanford University
Caroline Winterer was Director of the Stanford Humanities Center from 2013 to 2019. Her most recent book is “Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era,” edited with her Stanford colleague Karen Wigen. She is also the author of four other books, including “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason” and “The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910.” Winterer has also curated two exhibits of rare books and artifacts: Ancient Rome & America at the National Constitution Center and also The American Enlightenment at the Stanford Library.