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The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Rise of Rome ❰BOOKS❯ ⚡ The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Rise of Rome Author Livy – Thomashillier.co.uk The fates ordained the founding of this great city and the beginning of the world s mightiest empire, second only to the power of the gods Romulus and Remus, the rape of Lucretia, Horatius at the brid The fates of Rome, eBook ¸ ordained the founding of this great city and the beginning of the world s mightiest empire, second only to the power of the gods Romulus and Remus, the rape of Lucretia, Horatius at the bridge, the saga of Coriolanus, Cincinnatus called The History PDF \ from his farm to save the state these and many are stories which, immortalized by Livy in his history of early Rome, have become part of our cultural heritageThe historian s huge work, written betweenBC and AD , ran tobooks, beginning with Rome s History of Rome, MOBI ☆ founding inBC and coming down to Livy s own lifetimeBC books cover the period from Rome s beginnings to her first great foreign conquest, the capture of the Etruscan city of Veii and, a few years later, to her first major defeat, the sack of the city by the Gauls inBCAbout the Series For overyears Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much.


About the Author: Livy

Titus Livius of Rome, eBook ¸ Patavinus or BC AD known as Livy in English, and Tite Live in French was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people Ab Urbe Condita Libri Books from the Foundation of The History PDF \ the City covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy s own time He was on familiar terms with the Julio Claudian dynasty, advising Augustus s grandnephew, the future History of Rome, MOBI ☆ emperor Claudius, as a young man not long before AD in a letter to take up the writing of history Livy and Augustus s wife, Livia, were from the same clan in different locations, although not related by blood.



10 thoughts on “The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Rise of Rome

  1. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    If you ve ever planned to gather together a gaggle of car thieves and dognappers to found your own city on a hill view spoiler founded on the firm principle of taking whatever ever you want, fairly and squarely, by force of arms hide spoiler or seven with a view to growing to become one of the world s pre eminent states then Livy s history of the first 400 odd years of Rome s history contains plenty of warnings, firstly you may struggle to establish any kind of dynasty over the city you fou If you ve ever planned to gather together a gaggle of car thieves and dognappers to found your own city on a hill view spoiler founded on the firm principle of taking whatever ever you want, fairly and squarely, by force of arms hide spoiler or seven with a view to growing to become one of the world s pre eminent states then Livy s history of the first 400 odd years of Rome s history contains plenty of warnings, firstly you may struggle to establish any kind of dynasty over the city you founded even if you do kill your own brother Even once a firm constitutional order has been established you are apt to get caught up in century long wars with neighbouring cities all within a day s walk of your own And of course you have to be careful not to cook your goose for fear of the Gauls even without magic potions.What Livy offers is a set of Roman fairy stories to begin his epic history of the city of Rome, written in the early days of the First Citizen and chief of the armies Augustus, who is emphatically not a King, because as Livy shows kings are unRoman frequently literally so, men of foreign birth There are many familiar stories here, Romulus and Remus, Horatius and the bridge, Coriolanus, Cinncinnatus, the geese who saved Rome, Camilus and the school teacher, thematically there is a strong emphasis on sexual violence as a historical motive force Romulus and Remus, Lucretia,the rape of the Sabine women, the fall of the Decemvirs , and on fraternal violence Romulus and Remus, unending struggle between Patricians and plebeians a pertinent theme in the days after civil war , and the importance of religious observance, Rome is strong when the rituals are correctly performed and promises to the gods amusingly their religious practises are all imports mostly from the Etruscans literally when they carry off Juno from Veii to Rome are honoured, no accident then that Augustus was also Pontifex maximus, the chief priest was the guardian of the Roman universe, so long as the ritual tent was correctly pitched for the observation of omens prior to elections then life would flow smoothly, if not, as Livy shows, the Capitol would be crawling with hairy Gauls As these are fairy stories they all exist in an eternal present There are hardly any historical indications as in details of how society actual functioned in 400 or so BC for example Livy mention sums of money, but it becomes clear later on when he mentions patriotic Senators delivering bars of bronze to the treasury that Rome presumably didn t have any kind of currency or physical coinage at this remote and dreamlike period, unlike his account of the war against Hannibal these stories exist outside of history, despite being presented as the historical foundation of the present which is now our past.Livy makes his purpose clearThe study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings fine things to take as models, base things rotten through and through, to avoidp30 Livy s history is not meant to be historical, it is meant to provide examples for the reader to follow or to shun, it is didactic and designed as a response to the author s perception of Rome as being in a a state of Moral decline ibid although considering the city was founded by a fratricide who led a bunch of outlaws, who obtained wives by kidnapping and raping them, one can t say that it stated from the moral high ground, if anything a low moral level was the only consistent point in Roman history Structurally Romulus the child of the rape of a vestal virgin founds Rome after having been suckled either by a wolf or a prostitute this apparently makes better sense in Latin than in English , this is mirrored at the end by Camillus who gets to re start Rome after recapturing it from the Gauls In the middle the Plebeians revolt, wander off to another hill and think about starting their own city fed up after having been obliged to fight, at their own expense, annually against all comers, but not getting any share of the spoils of war, or protection from debt slavery until they are persuaded to return by a story of how in ancient times, the parts of the body rebelled against the stomach which appeared to do nothing only to find without it that the separate parts withered and died, convinced by this analogy the Plebeians return, yet it is hard to see any useful function provided by the Patricians to them save for the tax day loans they give out, ensnaring people into poverty The space between these events are filled by interchangeable battles and campaigns that until the end of the book seem to fail to achieve anything in this way another contrast with the description of the war with Hannibal which has a simpler narrative drive although confused by fighting in different theatres of war Hard by the end of Livy s fifth volume to see how Rome will emerge as leading Italian power let alone a world class empire.Interestingly the kings are rather unkinglike, butsimilar to the tyrants of the Greek city states there is no dynasty for instance, they come in offering specific answers to certain problems providing either military leadership or religious guidance However unlike in the Greek cities soldiers don t seem to own their own arms although they are divided into five classes for conscription purposes on the basis of armaments, since several times weapons are described as being distributed from stores, so there is no hoplite revolution as in the Greek states, instead the aristocrats dominate as a caste Reading I was reminded of my no doubt deeply biased impression of the history of the USA, not so much the warfare and search for domination over neighbours,the adherence to the ancestral constitution over social equity Plain though is the cultural influence of these stories whether from Livy or via Plutarch, the idea of the perpetual moral decline of a state, that suicide is an appropriate response to rape orbroadly that women s lives are expendable to preserve men s honour , various degrees of double standards selling women and children into slavery is ok, but waging war against them isn t, in this way, Rome is eternal, an empire of the mind, on the plus side, the positive example of Livy s Rome, one might think of the Cincinnati which perhaps made the difference between the young republic in north America and its southern cousins, or indeed the strict commitment to constutionalism, here even to a ridiculous extent when Camilus having got together an army won t march on Rome and attack the Gauls who are occupying Rome without authorisation from the Senate who are besieged by the Gauls on the Capitol view spoiler naturally this constitutional impasse is resolved through an act of heroism hide spoiler


  2. Jon Jon says:

    I read the reviews of Livy s History and I see that his writing has been badly misunderstood Critics make two charges against it one worthless, and one worthwhile.The first is that Livy is reliant on myth and miraculous stories He includes tales that are not possibly true, or have been pilfered from the Greeks They complain also that Livy is too credulous about fantastic occurrences like, for example, when he observes talking cows or phenomenal weather But this charge is frankly stupid It I read the reviews of Livy s History and I see that his writing has been badly misunderstood Critics make two charges against it one worthless, and one worthwhile.The first is that Livy is reliant on myth and miraculous stories He includes tales that are not possibly true, or have been pilfered from the Greeks They complain also that Livy is too credulous about fantastic occurrences like, for example, when he observes talking cows or phenomenal weather But this charge is frankly stupid It is preposterous to expect of ancient historians sensibilities that are modern And, in any case, it presumes to judge what is the method best equipped for recounting a political story This entry then will waste notime answering charges of this sort They do not deserve the dignity of a reply, let alone a serious one.There is however a second criticism of Livy, one that must be answered It says that Livy s History is flat it is shaped to read as And then And then And then , one consul after another, and has no arc or great complication that it builds to Livy, they say, is giving epic history, but without epic form And by that reason his History is boring It is tedious and dull, and at times almost admittedly so when, for example, Livy emphasizes once again the Aequians and the Volscians are pillaging the Roman hinterland, since such, like his History, are routine in pattern.This criticism is partly right, but mostly wrong I concede his History is arranged in unepic form, but this is by design, not by accident And when one reflects upon it, it s usage is actually quite ingenious.If one wants to read the Rise of Rome, you must turn to Polybius This is where Rome s rise as such is given in the classic history Not however with Livy His is the History of the Republic of Rome They are different the Rise and the Republic And where the first might require epic arrangement, the second does not Instead Livy has organized his narrative as a montage The origin and life of Romulus, for example, is really a collection of unrelated accounts, but each to a purpose First there is the story of Romulus s and Remus s adolescence then their revenge against a wicked king then the foundation of Rome and Remus s death then a comparison between Hercules and Romulus then the abduction of Sabine women then the betrayal of a Roman fort by Tarpeius s daughter then the intervention of Sabine women and finally Romulus s strange disappearance The narrative here does not aggregate into something larger Though it progresses with time, each is a story of its own, adjoined only by the coincidence of their Roman association.This technique of story making is distinctive And readers may be wrongly expecting from Livy qualities of the larger Roman genre of history that is dominated by the Polybian style In Tacitus, in Gibbon there you see the epic form of history told.The question then should not be why Livy went wrong in his recount That question, I have just argued, is a misapprehension of his History Instead the question should be what motive Livy had to write the way that he did Why the anti epic Was it a repudiation of Caesarian politics Was Livy nostalgic for the Republic Was it that he wanted to designify the great moments in their relation to the little Did he want to elevate the ordinary travails of republican life to the level of the extra ordinary Or was his meaning purely moral And does the History figure then only as a stage on which to portray the famous life lessons of Roman virtue These are questions to which I have not the answer But they are questions that are fair to ask And those who wait for Livy to ascend to lofty themes rather than attend to the small, will have had an experience similar to having heard something without listening to it


  3. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I m reading primarily the Penguin Livy Four Vol and the Loeb Classics Livy 14 Volumes , but I m primarily reviewing the Loeb versions So for the Early History of Rome please see my reviews of 1 Livy I History of Rome, Books 1 22 Livy II History of Rome, Books 3 43 Livy III History of Rome, Books 5 7Otherwise Look, that you may see how cheap they hold their bodies whose eyes are fixed upon renown Livy, Book II, xii 13 Oratory was invented for doubtful matters Livy, Book III, lv 3 I m reading primarily the Penguin Livy Four Vol and the Loeb Classics Livy 14 Volumes , but I m primarily reviewing the Loeb versions So for the Early History of Rome please see my reviews of 1 Livy I History of Rome, Books 1 22 Livy II History of Rome, Books 3 43 Livy III History of Rome, Books 5 7Otherwise Look, that you may see how cheap they hold their bodies whose eyes are fixed upon renown Livy, Book II, xii 13 Oratory was invented for doubtful matters Livy, Book III, lv 3 Vae victis Livy, Book V xlviii 9 Book 1 Rome Under the Kings Book 2 The Beginnings of the Republic This might be the first book to bankrupt me Or rather books I own several versions of Livy Folio, The first Penguin Books 1 5 , second Books 6 10 , and third Hannibal Books 21 30 , plus the first six volumes of the Loeb s History of Rome by Livy I ve decided to track and read through the Loeb, while listening to Audible, but that is going to require me to buy another 8 volumes The good from that is, well, eightlittle red books The bad Well, these little books retail for 26 although you can usually find either really good used copies or new copies for 12 18 So I m looking at almost 200 to finish purchasing these books and I ve already spent about 60 So, why read the Loeb version Quod est in Latinam verso Because Latin is on the leftEt lingua mea sedenti in recto And English sits on the right Now those who know me, KNOW I don t read or speak Latin So, why is having Livy in Latin and English that important Because some day I DO want to read Latin Because it pleases me Because if I read on the recto side a phrase that strikes my fancy, like Their name was irksome and a menace to liberty Livy, Book II ii 4I can go almost straight across and discover what that was in Latin Non placere nomen, periculosum libertati esse It delights me I know that probably sounds a bit affected and effete, but hell it entertains me I don t complain that American consumers spendthan 25.3 billion a year on video games So, let me have my 14 little red books I m not sure how fast I ll get through all of them I think for my family s financial stability I ll drip and drab these out through out the year I kill me ______________________________Book 3 The Patricians at Bay Book 4 War and Politics My second of fourteen Livy s History of Rome covers books 3 and 4 467 404BC It largely deals with early growing pains in Rome as its second census shows its population swollen beyond 100,000 The tensions between the plebs represented politically by the tribunes and the patricians represented politically by the senate My favorite parts of Book 3 dealt with Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, the machinations of the decemvirs, and Appius Claudius claiming Verginius daughter Verginia as a slave.My favorite part of Book 4 was the debate over a law about marriage between patricians and plebeians and the right for plebeians to be consuls Canuleius speech from this section was brilliant, and could easily have been used 2000 years later when debating a woman s right to vote, etc. Here are some of Livy s best lines When we raise the question of making a plebeian consul, is it the same as if we were to say that a slave or a freedman should attain that office Have you any conception of the contempt in which you are held They would take from you, were it possible, a part of the daylight That you breathe, that you speak, that you have the shape of men, fills them with resentment Book IV, iii 7 8 But, you say, from the time the kings were expelled no plebeian has ever been consul Well, what then Must no new institution be adopted Ought that which has not yet been done and in a new nation many things have not yet been done never to be put in practice, even if it be expedient Book IV, iv 1 Finally, I would ask, is it you, or the Roman People, who have supreme authority Did the banishment of the kings bring you dominion, or to all men equal liberty Book IV, v 1 ______________________________Book 5 Gauls at Rome One of my favorite characters in the book is Marcus Furius Camillus, one of Rome s great, early generals He was given at his death the title of Second Founder of Rome after he helped to defend a sacked Rome against the Senoni chieftain Brennus and his gallic warriors.Some men are generals Some are statesmen Others just seem to have it all Camellus is one of those men who seem destined to lead, protect, and inspire These three books are filled with battles, wars, and manly, martial speeches I think one of the best parts of these early Roman histories of Livy are his speeches Obviously, he is embellishing things and probably making a great deal up, but still this is damn good stuff Here are some of Livy s best lines Do we think the bodies of our soldiers so effeminate, their hearts so faint, that they cannot endure to be one winter in camp, away from home that like sailors they must wage war with an eye on the weather, observing the seasons, incapable of withstanding heat or cold Book V, vi 4 The gods themselves never laid hands upon the guilty it was enough if they armed with an opportunity for vengeance those who had been wronged Book V, xi 16 since it commonly turned out that in proportion as a man was prone to seek a leading share of toil and danger, he was slow in plundering Book V, xx 6


  4. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    This book has been in my sights since I finished Gibbon but I was wary of beginning another interminably long history series Luckily, as I soon discovered, Livy is a lucid and engaging writer, so the reader has little need to fear getting bogged down, as one sometimes does with Gibbon As one might expect, the English and the Roman historians are worlds apart Livy is almost exclusively a dramatic historian and the book often feels quite like a novel There is little attempt at analysis Nor This book has been in my sights since I finished Gibbon but I was wary of beginning another interminably long history series Luckily, as I soon discovered, Livy is a lucid and engaging writer, so the reader has little need to fear getting bogged down, as one sometimes does with Gibbon As one might expect, the English and the Roman historians are worlds apart Livy is almost exclusively a dramatic historian and the book often feels quite like a novel There is little attempt at analysis Nor is Livy drawn to the vaguer sort of philosophical moralizing that historians sometimes indulge in.The closest that Livy gets to analysis is in his speeches As in Thucydides, Livy puts long orations into the mouths of his principle characters, all of which are pure fabrications For the most part these speeches are dramatic devices, allowing us to see why the Romans acted in a certain way but the reader often notes the opinion of Livy himself creeping into these orations the historian s strong sense of what is right and proper for Romans to do Of course we poor Anglophones can only guess at the true merit of these compositions, as Livy is considered to be one of the great Latin stylists Even with much of the rhetorical beauty stripped away, however, they are rousing pieces.Livy s stated aim in writing his history was to escape his degraded present into a glorious past A thoroughgoing Republican, he mourned the birth of the Empire, though he did see why a strong hand was needed amid the political chaos of recent years The result is a kind of prose poem, a sequel to Virgil s epic, telling the heroic story of Rome s rise from a small city state to a world power Livy explains this ascent like a true patriot as the consequences of a particularly Roman virtue, a manly courage and intelligence which saw the Roman people through innumerable obstacles Dominion is the only fitting reward.These first five books cover the city s mythical founding by Romulus up to the sacking of the city by the Gauls, in 390 BCE During this time the monarchy gave way to the republic, which soon found itself embroiled in a thousand wars, big and small, with Rome s neighbors on the Italian peninsula The annalistic recounting of the elections of tribunes and consuls, the battles fought and won, can get tiresome at times More interesting, to me, were the conflicts between the patricians and the plebeians a proto Marxist story of class conflict In general, Livy s eye turns to wherever there is turmoil and the final impression is of an endless battle One wonders whether the Romans are doing anything else, such as farming or trading or making music.As with any ancient historian, Livy falls far short of the accuracy and transparency that is expected of modern historians And since he is a patriotic writer, this is doubly true Even so, this is a tremendously valuable historical document, and a thrilling read to boot


  5. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    I m going to read as much of Livy as I can stomach over the summer My stomach comes into it because I don t have the patience for or the interest in military hijinx to see me through every page And I fear that this volume is setting a high bar for those to follow There s war here, sure, but a real stress on internal matters instead And those internal matters are, essentially, what people who haven t read Marx think Marx is the patricians will come up with any excuse to maintain their privil I m going to read as much of Livy as I can stomach over the summer My stomach comes into it because I don t have the patience for or the interest in military hijinx to see me through every page And I fear that this volume is setting a high bar for those to follow There s war here, sure, but a real stress on internal matters instead And those internal matters are, essentially, what people who haven t read Marx think Marx is the patricians will come up with any excuse to maintain their privileges inter alia, patriotism, security, religion, dignity, tradition , and the plebeians will fold sometimes, but always come back and demand better treatment The early history of Rome, as told by Livy, is class warfare This is fascinating stuff, if a little repetitive tribunes introduce a law to give the plebesland the senate rejects it scuffles appeals to the Greatness of Our State by the senate plebes let it lie for a while so they can beat up on the Aequii or whomever the law gets passed the patricians find a new way to screw over the plebes repeat from the top But the repetition is made bearable by some great stories, and the overall pace We move pretty quickly from year to year I was also surprized by Livy s ability to think critically about his sources Everyone says Livy just reports miracles and tall tales as if they were true in my experience, he s pretty good about highlighting when that s going on On the other hand, he has no interest in making his story cohere, which is a bit sad On the other hand, that lack of coherence means the reader can judge for herself why things happened as they did, and Livy s occasional moralizing never seems to heavy handed, or to influence his actual presentation Looking forward to the second set of five Oh, one thing the translation is kind of funny Luce delights in using uncommon words when there s no real need for it no doubt it s meant to represent archaisms in Livy himself, but it might annoy you


  6. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    This has sometimes been dismissed because of the inaccuracy of the history, but the very idea of history in classical times was different from our definition there was no strict divide between literature, history and moral philosophy and so we shouldn t judge ancient works by the same criteria that we might use of modern history books Livy, writing under Augustus, was, like his contemporary Vergil, mythologising about the foundation of Rome, and his story of where the Romans came from and This has sometimes been dismissed because of the inaccuracy of the history, but the very idea of history in classical times was different from our definition there was no strict divide between literature, history and moral philosophy and so we shouldn t judge ancient works by the same criteria that we might use of modern history books Livy, writing under Augustus, was, like his contemporary Vergil, mythologising about the foundation of Rome, and his story of where the Romans came from and how the Roman character was formed, tells usabout Roman self identity or the way they wanted to see themselves at the turning point between the Republic and the principate than about the past.Having said that, Livy tells a fabulous story from the early kings to their expulsion by the first Marcus Brutus and the beginning of the Republic, from Rome s small beginnings to her conquests and domination of Italy, it s all here All the familiar stories of Romulus and Remus mothered by the wolf, Horatius at the bridge, the rape and suicide of Lucretia, the tragic story of Corialanus and his mother are here, and it s fascinating to read them in their original context.Livy is lively, tragic, vivid and witty and that all comes over in the translation Read this together with Vergil and compare their creative conception of what it means to be Roman, where they have come from and where they are going


  7. Jim Jim says:

    This year I have determined to read a number of books written during the Roman Republic and Empire I have started with Livy s The Early History of Rome, which covers the period from the founding of Rome to the sacking of the city by the Gauls in 386 B.C Although Livy was no match for the dark power of Tacitus, the story he tells is one of war all the time From its founding, Rome was constantly at war with the Etruscans, the Sabines, the Volsci, and other nearby peoples At the same time, from This year I have determined to read a number of books written during the Roman Republic and Empire I have started with Livy s The Early History of Rome, which covers the period from the founding of Rome to the sacking of the city by the Gauls in 386 B.C Although Livy was no match for the dark power of Tacitus, the story he tells is one of war all the time From its founding, Rome was constantly at war with the Etruscans, the Sabines, the Volsci, and other nearby peoples At the same time, from early in their existence, the patrician classes and the common people or plebs were at each other s throats For the most part, the classes would come to some agreement when war threatened but not always It is interesting to speculate how it was that the Romans became so powerful after the Punic Wars with the Carthaginians Could it be that they were so used to war that, over the centuries, they developed a superior military that was able to take on all comers


  8. AB AB says:

    Livy s first 5 books managed to be both a quite boring and a quite exciting experience I have never read Roman history in a format quite like Livy s before He is almost the epitome of Annalistic writing I know that s probably not the right thing to describe this as He painstakingly discusses almost every year from the foundation of Rome to the expulsion and defeat of the Gauls It does not matter if no events occur in that year, Livy makes sure to give you the names of the Consuls Military Livy s first 5 books managed to be both a quite boring and a quite exciting experience I have never read Roman history in a format quite like Livy s before He is almost the epitome of Annalistic writing I know that s probably not the right thing to describe this as He painstakingly discusses almost every year from the foundation of Rome to the expulsion and defeat of the Gauls It does not matter if no events occur in that year, Livy makes sure to give you the names of the Consuls Military Tribunes and a statement that nothing happened This annalistic approach is what made parts of the book so sluggish to me I would be interested in the themes that Livy was presenting and arguably casting onto this early period but at the same time I would be bogged down by the constant and repetitive flow of information Large chunks of the book, especially books 3 and 4 would consist of very little beyond tribunician agitation, patricians fighting back and then a quick resolution due to an invasion by the Aequi, Volsci, and or Veii That being said, this book contained so much interesting information that would keep me constantly engaged with the work I feel that there isto dissect in Livy s work here than in any other work by an ancient author that I have read before There are layers and layers of information and symbolic poetic devices to dig into If you like thinking about obscure and no longer extant narratives of Roman Italian history than Livy is your man Not only does Livy quote early Roman historians but it also appears that he quotes Etruscan sources These diverging narratives are seen throughout, the most readily able to be called to mind being a discussion of Etruscan and Gaulic interactions in the 7th and 6th centuries BC Another interesting aspect for me was Livy s desire to describe the beginnings of things The entire Monarchy gives explanations for a wide variety of things and this continues all the way until the end of book 5 For me, the most interesting aspect of this was what appears to be Livy s penchant to be anachronistic The struggle of the orders begins almost instantly and so to does tribunican abuse of power that other writers would say started with the Gracchi Tied into this is the Roman ideal of teaching by example The struggle of the orders is really keyed into this idea of cohesion and peace being necessary for Rome to be stable and victorious abroad For me, the best part of this Volume is by far book 5 The destruction of Veii being presented as somewhat analogous to the Trojan war and the subsequent sacking of Rome were very well done Coming from books 1 4 you could really see the growth of Livy as a writer The speeches of Appius Claudius and Camillus are much better than the earlier attempts at speeches There isof a flare for the dramatic while still attempting to properly describe events that may of occurred that I can really appreciate Book 5 made up for any feelings of disinterest that I picked up in the preceding books and has really made me excited to continue on with Livy


  9. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Straight forward and enjoyable, there are none of those 20 page long digressions which plague the greek historians The real draw of this is that it shows how a small settlement in the ancient world developed and gained power until it became an entire civilization It s obvious that Livy really really loves Rome, and at times it can feel like pure propoganda, but its balanced out with some very even handed depictions of major conflicts and crazy personal ambitions In their early stages, you can Straight forward and enjoyable, there are none of those 20 page long digressions which plague the greek historians The real draw of this is that it shows how a small settlement in the ancient world developed and gained power until it became an entire civilization It s obvious that Livy really really loves Rome, and at times it can feel like pure propoganda, but its balanced out with some very even handed depictions of major conflicts and crazy personal ambitions In their early stages, you can t help but root for these scrappy guys and their big dreams


  10. Jordan Jordan says:

    Been reading through these early books of Livy for a class I m taking on Livy now to move forward to Hannibal next


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