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Thomas Jefferson, the classical world, and early America /
edited by Peter S. Onuf and Nicholas P. Cole.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2011.
x, 314 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0813931312 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780813931319 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2011.
0813931312 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780813931319 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction / Peter S. Onuf and Nicholas P. Cole -- Prologue : the legacy of Rome in the American Revolution / Gordon S. Wood -- Ancients, moderns, and the progress of mankind : Thomas Jefferson's classical world / Peter S. Onuf -- Jefferson and natural morality : classical moral theory, moral sense, and rights / Michael P. Zuckert -- Classical taste at Monticello : the case of Thomas Jefferson's daughter and granddaughters / Caroline Winterer -- Jefferson's classical architecture : an American agenda / Richard Guy Wilson -- George Washington : Cincinnatus or Marcus Aurelius? / Maurie D. McInnis -- America and ancient and modern Europe / Nicholas P. Cole -- Aristotle and King Alfred in America / Peter Thompson -- Jefferson's classical silence, 1774-1776 : historical consciousness and Roman history in the revolutionary South / Eran Shalev -- Cicero and the classical republican legacy in America / Paul A. Rahe -- Pericles in America : the founding era and beyond / Jennifer T. Roberts.
general note
"This volume comprises a selection of essays presented at a conference held at the American Academy in Rome on October 13-14, 2008 ... " -- Pref.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
This is a striking collection of essays. Jefferson associated classicism with ideas of beauty and taste, and ideals of health, virtue, and contentment. Yet this volume says much more, going beyond Jefferson to address broader intellectual currents and matters of historical consciousness. Importantly, the contributors do not shy from questioning traditional assumptions about the centrality of classical knowledge in the political thought of early Americans. Diverse and greatly appealing.
This well-written, thoroughly researched, highly provocative collection of essays by eminent scholars makes a significant contribution to an understanding of Jefferson's classicism.
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Main Description
Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's curriculum. Yet at the same time, Jefferson warned his countrymen not to look to the ancient world for modern lessons and deplored many of the ways his peers used classical authors to address contemporary questions. As a result, the contribution of the ancient world to the thought of America's most classically educated Founding Father remains difficult to assess. This volume brings together historians of political thought with classicists and historians of art and culture to find new approaches to the difficult questions raised by America's classical heritage. The essays explore the classical contribution to different aspects of Jefferson's thought and taste, as well as examining the significance of the ancient world to America in a broader historical context. The diverse interests and methodologies of the contributors suggest new ways of approaching one of the most prominent and contested of the traditions that helped create America's revolutionary republicanism. Contributors Gordon S. Wood, Brown University * Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia * Michael P. Zuckert, University of Notre Dame * Caroline Winterer, Stanford University * Richard Guy Wilson, University of Virginia * Maurie D. McInnis, University of Virginia * Nicholas P. Cole, University of Oxford * Peter Thompson, University of Oxford * Eran Shalev, Haifa University * Paul A. Rahe, Hillsdale College * Jennifer T. Roberts, City University of New York, Graduate Center * Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, University of Virginia
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: The Legacy of Rome in the American Revolutionp. 11
Jefferson's Classical World
Ancients, Moderns, and the Progress of Mankind: Thomas Jefferson's Classical Worldp. 35
Thomas Jefferson and Natural Morality: Classical Moral Theory, Moral Sense, and Rightsp. 56
Classical Taste at Monticello: The Case of Thomas Jefferson's Daughter and Granddaughtersp. 78
Thomas Jefferson's Classical Architecture: An American Agendap. 99
George Washington: Cincinnatus or Marcus Aurelius?
Classical Influences
America and Ancient and Modern Europep. 171
Aristotle and King Alfred in Americap. 193
Thomas Jefferson's Classical Silence, 1774-1776: Historical Consciousness and Roman History in the Revolutionary Southp. 219
Cicero and the Classical Republican Legacy in Americap. 248
Pericles in America: The Founding Era and Beyondp. 265
Notes on Contributorsp. 301
Indexp. 305
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