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America's early utilization of Greek and Roman cultural aspects

The revolutionaries who went to Philadelphia in 1776, perceived Greece and Rome as the noblest achievements of freemen aspiring to govern themselves.

In this conviction, the Founding Fathers of the new republic called the upper chamber of its legislature the Senate, named new communities Athens and Sparta, organized the Society of the Cincinnati, assigned Latin texts to the young, carved its heroes in togas, and copied Greek temples when erecting new buildings.

-Wendell Garrett in "Antiques"
as seen in Forbes, August 10, 1987.
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