Rome on the Muskingum: How Rome Helped Build the United States
Dr. Nicholas Newman, Headmaster at Veritas Classical Academy in Marietta
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 FREE event will be held at the Campus Martius Museum located at 601 Second Street in Marietta. Parking is available in the lot off of St. Clair Street or at the Ohio River Museum on Front Street.
PLEASE CALL 740-373-3750 TO REGISTER AS SEATING IS LIMITED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS.
This event is brought to you through a partnership between the Washington County Public Library and the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums.