The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Early History of Rome

The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Early History of Rome Livy cBC ADdedicated most of his life to writing somevolumes of history, the first five of which comprise The Early History of Rome With stylistic brilliance, he chronicles nearlyyears of history, from the founding of Rome traditionally dated toBC to the Gallic invasion inBC an era which witnessed the reign of seven kings, the establishment of the Republic, civil strife and brutal conflict Bringing compelling characters to life, and re presenting familiar tales including the tragedy of Coriolanus and the story of Romulus and Remus The Early History is a truly epic work, and a passionate warning that Rome should learn from its history


About the Author: Livy

Titus Livius Patavinus 64 or 59 BC AD 17 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 City covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 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 emperor Claudius, as a young man not long before 14 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 Early History of Rome

  1. 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 histo


  2. 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, f


  3. 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 Liv


  4. 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 an


  5. 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 M


  6. 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 fou


  7. 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, t


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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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