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(Cover Page) Ancient Rome and Greece: Our Greatest Inspiration Eli Slutsky Professor Jordan HUM 2210 6 October, 2011 Eli Slutsky (Pg #) Professor Jordan HUM 2210 6 October, 2011 Ancient Rome and Greece: Our Greatest Inspiration Since the founding of our nation and the construction of our presidents residence, America has always been influenced and directly inspired by the Greeks and the Romans. It is always important to look to the past in order to advance towards the future and this couldn't be any more true in the formation of America's society. The ancient culture of the Greeks and Romans served as a very broad base for our society to be built upon. Their impact on the foundations for modern architecture, law, and politics are still evident today. Many people are under the misconception that democracy was created by the founding fathers of America. However, the ideas for democracy were first established in ancient Greece and later expanded by the Romans. When the America’s founding fathers created a nation, they carried forward the best ideas of ancient
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Greece democracy. In both the US democracy and the Athenian democracy political power can be exercised by citizens. "Both the US and the Athenian government had the Legislative branch, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch. In the US, most of the democratic theories that the government uses are either identical or very similar to the Ancient Athenians theories" (Kagan). Today in the United States of America we have a Constitutional Republic in which we appoint representatives through election. The founders of democracy in Athens exercised decisions through a direct democracy in which all male citizens were allowed to have direct influence on the decisions. Although in the United States today we accept democracy as a form of life it had its early beginnings in
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