College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
History, European; History, Modern; History, United States
Roman Republic, Rome, America, United States
Raybould, Katie L., "The Modern Day Rome? The Correlation between the Roman Republic and the United States of America" (2012). Senior Honors Theses. 269.
When America’s founding fathers sought to create their new nation, they turned to the reliability and practicality of the Roman Republic. While careful to not create a carbon copy of the Republic, the founders drew inspiration from Rome’s symbolism and everyday life, government, philosophy, military strategies, and religious tolerance. This paper will highlight the similarities that exist between the Roman Republic and the United States in the above mentioned five areas. Much of Rome’s example has outlived both Rome and the founding fathers in its effectiveness and viability. The Roman Republic may have fallen, but her influence lives on through the heartbeat of the United States of America.