The Romans were a republic and they got many of their ideas from the Greeks. The men who helped create the government of the U.S. were educated, well read men who not only read the great thinkers and writers of their time, but also read history, government and the ancient thinkers. They were very open to new ideas and to make the world a better place. While in Paris Jefferson bought over 2000 books. Washington commented that to keep a democratic government the population must be educated.