Date(s) - 02/05/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Campus Martius Museum
Reservations Required. Available on ZOOM or In-Person.
Cost: FREE Program
Guest Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Newman, Headmaster at Veritas Classical Academy in Marietta
Topic: Rome on the Muskingum: How Rome Helped Build the United States
Driving down the Sacra Via from the Capitolium toward the Campus Martius Museum, it is hard to overlook the fact that the early settlers of Marietta were looking to the Romans as they built up their new city. This focus on Roman antiquity mirrors a larger fascination with the Romans felt not only by those building the United States, but one that has shaped European culture since the fall of the Roman Empire. In this presentation, we will discuss how the local settlers built Rome into their new city, and look at how the founding fathers of the United States called on Roman imagery and ideas in their creation of a new nation, George Washington being compared, for example, to the Roman hero Cincinnatus. We will discuss how the Roman influence and imagery seen in the United States differs from that found in the imperial European powers. We will also look at the tradition of calling upon the Romans that goes back into the Middle Ages.
This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.