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History of Rome, books 1-5

av Titus Livy, Titus Livius

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`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 bridge, the saga of Coriolanus, Cincinnatus called from his farm to save the state - these and many more are stories which, immortalised by Livy in his history of early Rome, have become part of our cultural heritage.The historian's huge work, written between 20 BC and AD 17, ran to 12 books, beginning with Rome's founding in 753 BC and coming down to Livy's own lifetime (9 BC). Books 1-5 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 in 390 BC.… (mer)
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A monumental history of ancient Rome, written in Latin between 27 and 9 BC by the historian Titus Livius, or "Livy", as he is usually known in English. The work covers the period from the legends concerning the arrival of Aeneas and the refugees from the fall of Troy, to the city's founding in 753, the expulsion of the Kings in 509, and down to Livy's own time, during the reign of the emperor Augustus. The last event covered by Livy is the death of Drusus in 9 BC. About 25% of the work survives (35 books of 142). The surviving books deal with the events down to 293 BC, and from 219 to 166 BC.

Books 1–5 Tell the legendary founding of Rome (including the landing of Aeneas in Italy and the founding of the city by Romulus), the period of the kings, and the early republic down to its conquest by the Gauls in 390 BC. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Feb 25, 2021 |
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 plebes more land; 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. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
This has the best information of the early history of Rome: the truth about Remus and Romulus, who they were, the laws of Rome and the foundation of the Roman Catholic church of Jupiter.
This is only the first five books, to read more on the history of Rome the other books must be bought separately unless you get the pricey hard cover volume of Livy's complete available works. I say "available" for their is a large time period (covering the time of the Biblical New Testament times) that is said to have been lost, or was destroyed. ( )
  AnnaYoder | Sep 29, 2018 |
"the models for that oratory which is to produce the greatest effect by securing the attention of hearers & readers, are to be found in Livy, Tacitus, Sallust, & most assuredly not in Cicero." - Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 17 Jan. 1810 [PTJ:RS 2:153-154]

"your Latin & Greek should be kept up assiduously by reading at spare hours: and, discontinuing the desultory reading of the schools. I would advise you to undertake a regular course of history & poetry in both languages, in Greek, go first thro’ the Cyropaedia ... in Latin read Livy, Caesar, Sallust Tacitus, Cicero’s Philosophies, and some of his Orations, in prose ..." - Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 6 Oct. 1820

"we have now such excellent elementary books in every branch of science as to make , Start insertion,every, End, subject as plain as a teacher can make it. ... in Antient history the first 20. vols of the Universal history. / Gillies’s history of the world, / Gillies’s history of Greece. / Livy, Sallust, Caesar, Taeches, Suadonurs." - Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Echols, 23 May 1822

"for a course of Antient history therefore, of Greece and Rome especially, I should advise the usual suite of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Diodorus, Livy, Caesar, Suetonius, Tacitus and Dion, in their originals, if understood, and in translations if not." - Thomas Jefferson to George W. Lewis, 25 Oct. 1825
  ThomasJefferson | Jul 23, 2014 |
Livy's "The Early History of Rome" is a fascinating book. I'm not too familiar with ancient history, but I have heard of the rape of Lucrezia, and knew that the name Virginia had something to do with Roman history, so it was nice to finally read the actual details (such as they are) about these people. Reading about the constant wars with Rome's neighbors gets a little tedious, but then that's what life was like then. Livy also sometimes throws in a little story that while not really part of Roman history, are interesting just as a glimpse of life. For example he tells of a vestal virgin brought up on some kind of sexual charge, who was acquitted with the stern warning to "dress less elegantly" and to "stop telling jokes." ( )
  Marse | Jul 17, 2012 |
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This is Books 1-5 of Livy's History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) in translation, often called 'the Early History of Rome' or 'the Rise of Rome'. Do not combine it with editions of Ab Urbe Condita with a Latin text.
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`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 bridge, the saga of Coriolanus, Cincinnatus called from his farm to save the state - these and many more are stories which, immortalised by Livy in his history of early Rome, have become part of our cultural heritage.The historian's huge work, written between 20 BC and AD 17, ran to 12 books, beginning with Rome's founding in 753 BC and coming down to Livy's own lifetime (9 BC). Books 1-5 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 in 390 BC.

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