Stereotype This! Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths Stereotype This!  Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths Stereotype This! Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths
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Italy or America?  
Our culture and values owe so much to the many achievements of classical Rome. Here are just a few "American" traits that have Roman origins or parallels.
 
Classical Rome Modern America
Political and economic superpower same
Unified culturally diverse people same
Government represented by a Senate same
Protected citizens' rights same
Promoted the nuclear family same
Organized efficient military same
Built lasting roads same
Built lasting sewer systems same
Land and sea explorers same
Eagle and dome as symbols of the nation same
Latin mottoes on public buildings same
The Coliseum at Rome, one of the splendors of Roman civilization
The Coliseum at Rome



Harvard Stadium, Massachusetts
Harvard Stadium at Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
Note:
  • Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin read Roman writers voraciously, adopting their ideas during the formation of America.
  • Over 1,000 American cities and towns have Italian names.
  • "Foreign" foods such as pasta, bread, tomato sauce, calamari, pizza, garlic, olive oil, wine, tiramisu, spumoni and espresso are now staples of the "American" diet.
Presented by Bill Dal Cerro   Copyright 2001