Rome and America: The Great Republics

What the Fall of the Roman Republic Portends for the United States

by Walter Signorelli



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/20/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 630
ISBN : 9781480863415
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 630
ISBN : 9781480863408
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 630
ISBN : 9781480863422

About the Book

In innumerable ways, the United States of America is the political and social descendant of the Roman Republic, and the influences of Rome reverberate throughout our world. Yet while America reflects the heights of Roman structures, ideas, and principles, we also now face a host of problems similar to those that the Romans faced—immigration and citizenship, the consequences of slavery, the growing divide between classes, the conflict between conservatives and progressives, and the challenges of being a superpower.

In Rome and America: The Great Republics, author Walter Signorelli chronicles and compares these two greatest and enduring republics of history, explaining how they formed, grew, and prospered. He evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, the environments from which they emerged, and the values and practices they had in common. Signorelli also explores parallels between American and Roman military history, similarities between their constitutional governments, and the legacy of Roman law in America. Last, he questions whether our democratic-republican government will disintegrate as the Roman Republic disintegrated, whether it will grow stronger despite its similarities to the Roman experience, or whether it will transform itself into another form of government akin to Rome’s imperial dictatorship.

More than an historical narrative or a collection of biographies, Rome and America: The Great Republics examines the political, social, economic, and moral factors that affected both nations, considering the successes and mistakes of the Romans and their implications for American society today.

About the Author

Walter Signorelli is a practicing attorney and an adjunct professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He was previously a member of the New York City Police Department for thirty-one years, and today he is a criminal defense attorney and a police practices and procedures expert. Signorelli graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law before later graduating from the Columbia University Police Management Institute. He has written three books related to law and police science: The Crisis of Police Liability Lawsuits (2006), Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence (2011), and The Constable Has Blundered (2012), which received a recommended rating by the Choice Review for Academic Libraries.