Cincinnatus, Polybius, Livy, Cicero. Caesar, Brutus, Caligula.
These were the main characters in Tuesday's Monthly Constitutional, presented by UPenn classical studies professor Campbell Grey. Cam's lecture was so engaging that everyone in the room – 8th graders and teachers alike – wanted to enroll in his class at Penn!
Cam spoke about how the structure of the Roman Republic influenced the writers of the U.S. Constitution. Students considered the reasons why the Supreme Court looks almost exactly like a Roman temple and why George Washington is depicted in apotheosis in the Capitol building.
As fascinating as it was to hear Cam's presentation, it was equally as rewarding to hear all the connections students made between the Roman Republic and modern constitutional and political history.