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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 @DOWNLOAD PDF ⚢ Why Were All Romans × 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 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 describes some of the emperors in too simplistic a fashion Claudius only gets a few sentences for example which makes both him and his accomplishments seem forgettable when his reign was anything but At the same time, a few sections go into too much detail The philosophy section was too much for me I can remember learning about Plato and Socrates in college, and I still felt overwhelmed by the amount of ideas the author tried to cover I also have to confess that I ve already forgotten most of what I should have learned in that section Along the same lines, I feel like the last chapter talked too much about Christianity and started to get away from Rome itself I think a fair number of readers will like the detail here, but as an Agnostic, I could definitely be spared some of the praise for Christianity These complaints are all minor however If you re interested in learning of the greatness of Rome and a little about Greece too then I give this book a strong recommendation. 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. 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 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. Why We re All Romans The Roman Contribution to the Western World is a survey of the intellectual heritage of the classical world written from a mostly unobtrusive Christian and politically conservative perspective Richard usually begins his topical chapters with a survey of Greek precursors and concludes them with an examination of the classical impact on modern and especially, American culture Besides names one would expect to find in the index of such a book, there are references to John Calvin, Thomas Aquinas, Francis Bacon, John C Calhoun, Winston Churchill, Elijah, Isaiah, Diderot, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther, Forrest McDonald, Moli re, Montaigne, St Paul, Jonathan Swift, and George Washington Richard s prose is clear and engaging, and his big ideas are almost beyond debate Presumably, Richard and his publisher were aiming at some subset of the proverbial general reader because there are no citations beyond translation acknowledgments.