The History of Rome



This Halcyon Classics Ebook Contains Livy S Complete HISTORY OF ROME Ab Urbe Condita Libri In Three Volumes Titus Livius BC AD Was An Historian, Philosopher And Orator Whose HISTORY OF ROME Is His Only Surviving Work It Covers The Period From The Mythical Founding Of Rome BC Through The Reign Of Augustus In Livy S TimeThis Ebook Is DRM Free And Includes An Active Table Of ContentsThis Unexpurgated Edition Contains The Complete Text With Errors And Omissions CorrectedThe History of Rome

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.

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  1. says:

    Without knowing anything about Livy or about the earliest history of Rome, I read this book straight through over a period of several weeks in order to form my own conclusions So, forgive me, if anything here is inaccurate or incomplete.Livy s Early History of Rome tells the story of the early Republic beginning with the city s myth shrouded founding by brothers Romulus and Remus after the burning of Troy drives their ancestor Aeneas to escape to the Italian peninsula After Romulus kills his Without knowing anything about Livy or about the earliest history of Rome, I read this book straight through over a period of several weeks in order to form my own conclusions So, forgive me, if anything here is inaccurate or incomplete.Livy s Early History of Rome tells the story of the early Republic beginning with the city s myth shrouded founding by brothers Romulus and Remus after the burning of Troy drives their ancestor Aeneas to escape to the Italian peninsula After Romulus kills his brother, he establishes himself as king of Rome The kings rule as tyrants with increasing brutality until, led by Brutus whose descendant will oppose another alleged tyrant in 44 B.C , the kings are expelled, a senate is established, and a Republic is proclaimed A series of wars follow to ensure the kings are never able to return What follows is a narrative of how the Republic continually fought for its own existence.What largely appears to drive Livy s narrative are the following two themes 1 The Roman Republic is a very unstable entity when it is not at war with foreign enemies, its leaders are busy conspiring against one another.2 The Roman Republic is established and maintained, and therefore undermined, by fear Fear of further cruelty results in the expulsion of the kings fear of their return results in some of Rome s best, brightest, and benevolent of early leaders to be tried, executed, exiled, or forced to commit suicide Fear of the masses leads some patricians to conspire against the people Fear of exploitation or domination by the patricians leads the plebs to greater excess in protecting their liberty Augustine of Hippo, in my view, was right to question in The City of God whether or not the Roman Republic and all its pagan virtues every really existed No sooner is the Republic established than it begins to crumble and quake as rich and poor alike jockey for power, go to extremes in redressing wrongs, and allow fear to poison the very virtues to which they aspire.There are certainly lessons for modern democratic societies, as well as for Christians who unwittingly side with and baptize current cultural attitudes and excesses Livy s Early History the only of his works to survive the centuries deserves a careful, attentive reading today

  2. says:

    The Project Gutenberg version of Livy is based on a 1853 edition, translated by D Spillan and published by John Childs and Son It consists of all the extant books of Livy, with notes, and summaries of the books that are now lost While of course this book is an invaluable as a historical document, I evaluate it solely based on how pleasant it is to read, and at times the two are at odds for example, Livy methodically names the elected officials of Rome every year that he has evidence for W The Project Gutenberg version of Livy is based on a 1853 edition, translated by D Spillan and published by John Childs and Son It consists of all the extant books of Livy, with notes, and summaries of the books that are now lost While of course this book is an invaluable as a historical document, I evaluate it solely based on how pleasant it is to read, and at times the two are at odds for example, Livy methodically names the elected officials of Rome every year that he has evidence for While no doubt this is invaluable for tracing out the rise and fall of the great families of Rome, it makes for only slightly less boring reading than the genealogies of the old testament.The translator notes that he went for a literal translation approach to the text I don t speak Latin, and the ways things are going I never will, so I can t really evaluate the accuracy of such an approach, but the result is mostly readable Sentences tend to be longer than one normally uses in English, and the shifts from past to present tense can be jarring, but overall there is nothing wrong with the way the book is written.The extant books cover the period from the founding of Rome to the last war with Macedon, with a gap from the Pyrrhic War to the First Punic War Livy s main focus is military history, and this makes the work pretty dull until Hannibal arrives on the scene The trouble is that most of the opponents Rome faced in that period are minor Italic states that we don t really know anything about other than that they fought Rome and lost, and that isor less all Livy tells us Over, and over again It seems to me that either the sources Livy had for this period are extremely sparse, or the ancient Romans took a Egyptian approach to history, because in these five or so centuries you could probably count the number of defeats Livy concedes on one hand, and the reasons given for this phenomenal military record amount toor less the Romans fought harder Once we reach the Second Punic War things getinteresting Rome is no longer invincible, merely very good, the tactics used by the various generals arefleshed out, and the interplay of military campaigns and political developments are explored in greater detail.Which brings us to Livy s secondary focus, political history, which makes for muchinteresting reading The Romans certainly weren t the only people of antiquity to experiment with representative government, but they were certainly the most interested in talking about it, and it is not accident that Livy s account of the evolution of Roman institutions remained a treasure trove for political philosophers for generations to come The conflict between the fickle Plebeians and the manipulative Patricians is the dominant theme, the general impression being that the Patricians are better at running the state, but if left unchecked they will use any opportunity to enslave the Plebs and undermine the commonwealth It s a shame we don t have Livy s account of the dying throes of the republic, because the very same forces remain in play until the very end.Next to nothing is said about the social history, which is unfortunate because Livy is very much a Roman writing for other Romans, and doesn t see fit to explain the self evident facts of Roman life.Livy by and large tries to maintain an objective tone, laying down the history as it is handed down to him, noting disagreements in the sources where he finds them, but making little effort to develop anything like a theory of history At times, however, he cannot resist commenting on the events he describes, and these are fascinating for what they tell us about Livy himself Two examples I remember is that when coming to the end of yet another intra Italian war where the Romans kill everyone, loot everything, and sell everyone into slavery, Livy observes that if one were to tally the amount of casualties the Romans inflicted on the Italians over the years one would expect to find those countries barren wastelands, and not states capable of waging ongoing wars His conclusion, however, is not that the Roman kill counts may have been slightly embellished, but rather that Italy must have hadpeople back then Another is that in days of yore the world was full of portents like talking cows and bleeding statues, but no one seems to report anything like that in his own time Could it be because cows don t actually talk No, of course not The countryside must be full of talking cows, it s just that the atheist youth of first century Rome no longer care to record such events.Must have been an interesting guy

  3. says:

    Un livre que j avais commenc il y a plusieurs ann es et que je me suis d cid terminer En tant que fan de l histoire romaine, il tait tr s int ressant, quoique lourd, de me plonger dans les crits d un historien ancien Je regrette surtout l absence de notes explications et de pr face pour replacer l criture de l uvre de Tite Live dans son contexte historique, ainsi que plusieurs fautes de frappes qui se sont multipli es mesure que je me suis approch de la fin, mais pour quiconque souh Un livre que j avais commenc il y a plusieurs ann es et que je me suis d cid terminer En tant que fan de l histoire romaine, il tait tr s int ressant, quoique lourd, de me plonger dans les crits d un historien ancien Je regrette surtout l absence de notes explications et de pr face pour replacer l criture de l uvre de Tite Live dans son contexte historique, ainsi que plusieurs fautes de frappes qui se sont multipli es mesure que je me suis approch de la fin, mais pour quiconque souhaite lire des uvres anciennes de qualit et bas prix, les ditions de la Biblioth que Digitale sont une excellente option prix abordable

  4. says:

    Great read

  5. says:

    Passionnant Se lit comme un documentaire o se succ de les figures h ro ques, les moments de bravoure rest s m morables et surtout la construction de Rome au fil des si cles pages apr s pages on assiste l volution des lois, des m urs et de la structure politique m me de la R publique depuis les fondations l gendaires par Romulus et R mus jusqu aux guerres puniques En plongeant dans ces presque 700 ans d histoire romaine on ne peut que regretter que Tite Live n ai pas eu a en conter 7000 Passionnant Se lit comme un documentaire o se succ de les figures h ro ques, les moments de bravoure rest s m morables et surtout la construction de Rome au fil des si cles pages apr s pages on assiste l volution des lois, des m urs et de la structure politique m me de la R publique depuis les fondations l gendaires par Romulus et R mus jusqu aux guerres puniques En plongeant dans ces presque 700 ans d histoire romaine on ne peut que regretter que Tite Live n ai pas eu a en conter 7000 C est en n excluant aucune classe o brillait le m rite, que l empire romain s est agrandi Rougissez donc d avoir un consul pl b ien, quand vos anc tres n ont pas d daign d avoir des trangers pour rois quand, apr s m me l expulsion des rois, notre ville n a pas t ferm e au m rite tranger. Livre IV

  6. says:

    Excellent read for any fan of history and political science in general Livy undoubtedly helps us better understand the genius and lunacy of the Romans and other leading nations of the ancient past His work also brings clarity as to the mind of man across generations in that the men striving to lead the greatest civilization of yesteryear are not at all different from those grappling to lead us today And in that, we can comprehend that human greatness and folly are not exclusive to any one p Excellent read for any fan of history and political science in general Livy undoubtedly helps us better understand the genius and lunacy of the Romans and other leading nations of the ancient past His work also brings clarity as to the mind of man across generations in that the men striving to lead the greatest civilization of yesteryear are not at all different from those grappling to lead us today And in that, we can comprehend that human greatness and folly are not exclusive to any one period

  7. says:

    Excellent read You need a map to find locations that are referred to in this excellent book I used google to keep up with all the many names and places Recommend to all who want a detailed history of Rome.

  8. says:

    What can I say that has not already been said If you like Roman History there are very few better places to start.

  9. says:

    Everything andyou need to know about the rise of Rome to a world power it s too bad half the work is lost.

  10. says:

    Reading books 1 5 a second time.

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