Modern America and Ancient Rome

Modern America and Ancient Rome

An Essay in Historical Comparison and Analogy

eBook - 2016
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"Parallels between ancient Rome and modern America have been drawn before, but never like this. Professor Kiessling compares the ancient Greeks and the Romans, and he compares them to the modern Americans and Europeans. Subjects include levels of commitment to religion, responsiveness to post-heroic values, attitudes toward war and peace, moral permissiveness, demography, the susceptibility to universalistic ideas and supra-nationalism and the different levels of belief in the political capacity of the nation and its constitutional framework. Discussing challenges facing present-day America, the author looks at our mounting social inequality, increased political polarization, the transformation into an empire of consumption, the privatization of military force, the role of organized money in politics, and the rise of irrational, apocalyptic thought in public discourse - all of which are reminiscent of ancient Rome.
Publisher: New York :, Algora Publishing,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781628941555
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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