The History of Rome, Books 1-5

The History of Rome, Books 1-5

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Titus Livius (64 or 59 BCE-17 CE) lived in the backwoods of Cisalpine Gaul, now northern Italy, and does not seem to have been engaged in the literary or political circles of Rome. Even so, he managed to write perhaps the most influential history of Rome, originally comprising over a hundred books. British classicist Warrior here translates, introduces, and annotates the first five books, which begin with the city's mythical foundation and end at the close of the fourth century BCE. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In addition to Valerie Warrior's crisp, fluent translation of the first five books of Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, this edition features a general introduction to Livy and his work, extensive foot-of-the-page notes offering essential contextual information, and a chronology of events. Three appendices--on the genealogies of the most prominent political figures in the early Republic, Livy's relationship with Augustus, and Livy's treatment of religion--offer additional insight into the author and the early history of Rome.

Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Hackett Pub., c2006
ISBN: 9780872207240
Characteristics: xliv, 452 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Warrior, Valerie M.


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johnami Sep 06, 2013

This edition of the first five books of Livy’s study of the foundation of Rome is a pleasure to read and truly worthy of Livy’s great achievement. Livy deserves considerable credit for researching, analyzing, and describing the hundreds of years of Roman history that encompass his work. He is a thorough historian who strives to be objective, even though his admiration and devotion to the Roman state is deeply genuine. The events in Books 1 through 5 occurred hundreds of years before Livy’s time, and although he may use some license in the descriptions of events he also provides an impressive number of actual names, character profiles, and factual circumstances. The translation, introduction, and notes by Valerie M. Warrior equal Livy’s integrity and have the advantage of modern day scholarship. The notes, which are on the foot of each page, contribute greatly to an understanding of Livy’s intentions and provide considerable depth to understanding the early Republic. Ms. Warrior’s detailed explanation of the sometimes complex, sometimes subtle definition of Latin words, her knowledge of Roman religion, and the extensive cross-referencing, along with her clear, highly readable translation all combine to make this edition a notable achievement.


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