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Much is made of the impressions left on our founders by philosophers like Hume and Locke, but in Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts, Historian Carl J. Richard details the influence of ancients on Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams.  The rich classical educations of our founding fathers led to a republic closely resembling the governments of Greek and Roman antiquity.

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Kyle Harper's Fate of Rome is a chilling retelling of the fall of the Roman Empire.   Harper is the first to examine Rome's decline not as a story of barbarian hordes and civil war, but one of nature's victory over man.  The Fate of Rome explores the role of plague, famine, and natural disaster in the most pivotal collapse of a civilization in human history.