America’s founding was influenced heavily by both the ancient Romans and the ancient Greeks. This is not even American Civics 101. This is basic, middle-school stuff. The very concept of elected government officials goes back to the ancient Roman Republic — the res publica or "public thing," which in its time was unique. We elevate civic heroes like Cato, Cicero, and Cincinnatus for a reason. (Cincinnati is more than just a weird word; it is named after one of Republican Rome's great heroes.) Our nation’s capital is like one big love letter to the Romans. For goodness' sake, the Supreme Court building is even modeled after a Roman temple. Speaking of which, the basic setup of the Supreme Court tracks closely with the model embraced by the ancient Romans.