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Very little is known about the life of Livy (Titus Livius) other than that he was born in Patavium (modern-day Padua) and lived most of his life in Rome. It is clear from his writings that he was familiar with ancient Greek and Latin literature and was, in fact, influenced by Cicero. Although Livy näytä lisää produced several works on philosophy and literary criticism, his masterpiece and life work of 40 years was his "History of Rome", which covers a vast sweep of Rome's history from its origins to Livy's own time. Of the original 142 books that made up the work, only 35 are extant---Books 1--10 and 20--45---which treat the years 753--293 b.c. and 218--167 b.c. Fragments of others, however, do remain, and summaries exist of all but one. When he wrote the history, Livy, who extolled the virtues of discipline, piety, and patriotism, believed that Rome was in a state of decline and moral decay. Wealth and luxury, he wrote, had led to "the dark dawning of our modern day, when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them." According to modern standards, Livy was neither an impressive nor critical historian. He perpetuated many inaccuracies. This, however, does not greatly minimize the value of his writing. His acumen lay in his vibrant style, his keen eye for character, and his gift for dramatic composition. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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History of Rome, books 21-30 (0001) — Tekijä — 1,284 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 6-10 (0001) 544 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 31-45 (0001) 484 kappaletta
History of Rome : Books 21-22 [in translation] (1881) — Tekijä — 138 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 3-4 (1922) 110 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 8-10 (1926) 108 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 5-7 (1924) 104 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita : libri 1-5 [in Latin] (1914) — Tekijä — 96 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 28-30 (1949) 82 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 31-34 (1935) 78 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 23-25 (1940) — Tekijä — 74 kappaletta
History of Rome : Book 1 [in Latin] (0025) — Tekijä — 70 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 43-45 (1951) 69 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 35-37 (1935) 63 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 38-39 (1936) 54 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, libri XXI-XXV (1929) — Tekijä — 50 kappaletta
Rooman synty (1994) 40 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 36-40 (1993) 36 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 26-30 [in translation] (1985) — Tekijä — 33 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 41-45 (1981) 29 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita : libri 31-35 [in Latin] (1965) — Tekijä — 27 kappaletta
Livy Book 1: Commentary (2000) 26 kappaletta
History of Rome (1978) 26 kappaletta
Modern School Classics : Livy : Book 1 (1964) — Writer — 19 kappaletta
Livy (1833) 18 kappaletta
The History of Rome (1823) 17 kappaletta
History of Rome : Book 2 [in Latin] (0025) — Tekijä — 15 kappaletta
History of Rome : Book 5 [in Latin] (1905) — Tekijä — 13 kappaletta
History of Rome : Books 21-22 [in Latin] — Tekijä — 13 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, libri XXI-XXIII (2000) — Tekijä — 13 kappaletta
Livy: Books I, XXI and XXII (1891) 11 kappaletta
Modern School Classics : Livy : Book 1 [wrong cover] (1969) — Writer — 11 kappaletta
Storia di Roma (1999) 11 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, liber III (0025) — Tekijä — 10 kappaletta
Livy, book XXI (1973) — Writer — 9 kappaletta
Selections from Livy (2012) 9 kappaletta
Livy : Book XXX (2004) — Writer — 8 kappaletta
Rome's strijd om het bestaan (1974) 7 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita. Liber I (1974) 7 kappaletta
Livy : Book XXII : Edited with introduction and notes (1998) — Writer — 7 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, libri IV-VI (0025) — Tekijä — 6 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 9-26 (2006) 6 kappaletta
Livy Book IX (1918) 5 kappaletta
HISTORIA DE ROMA VII, (2008) 5 kappaletta
Het ontstaan van Rome (1973) 5 kappaletta
Història de Roma. I 5 kappaletta
La Roma legendaria : libros I-V (1999) 5 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita. Libro V (1988) 4 kappaletta
L' amore al tempo dei misteri (1995) 4 kappaletta
ˆLa ‰saga di Annibale (1982) 4 kappaletta
Modern School Classics : Livy : Book 30 (1957) — Writer — 3 kappaletta
Modern School Classics : Livy : Book 2 (1963) — Writer — 3 kappaletta
11: Libri 39.-40. (2000) 3 kappaletta
Desde la fundacion de Roma (1998) 3 kappaletta
Historiens romains (1968) 3 kappaletta
Historia de Roma: livro I (1999) 3 kappaletta
História de Roma: A Monarquia (2009) 3 kappaletta
3 (2007) 3 kappaletta
5 (2007) 3 kappaletta
The History of Rome, Volume II (1883) 3 kappaletta
Romas eldste historie (2012) 3 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, 45 3 kappaletta
Modern School Classics : Livy : Books 23-24 — Writer — 2 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 9-10 (1994) 2 kappaletta
Hannibal the scourge of Rome (1976) — Writer — 2 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita 2 kappaletta
Storie: libri XXXVI-XL (1980) 2 kappaletta
Livy: Book XXII 2 kappaletta
Livy Book XXII 2 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita, libri I-III (0025) — Tekijä — 2 kappaletta
Historia de Roma II 2 kappaletta
Historia de Roma III 2 kappaletta
Historia de Roma IV 2 kappaletta
Historia de Roma V 2 kappaletta
Historia de Roma VI 2 kappaletta
Histoire romaine (2003) 2 kappaletta
Historiarum decas III 2 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita - Libro XXI (1985) 2 kappaletta
Stories of Rome 2 kappaletta
The Seven Kings of Rome (1926) 2 kappaletta
Book I 1 kappale
Books XXIII-XXV 1 kappale
Dějiny. VII. 1 kappale
libri XXVI-XXVII 1 kappale
Livy : Book II 1 kappale
Römische Geschichte. Buch XXI-XXIII (2014) — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Ab Urbe Condita, deel 2 — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Ab Urbe Condita, deel 1 — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Passi scelti 1 kappale
Storia romana 1 kappale
Ab Urbe condita liber 27. (2017) 1 kappale
Roma Tarihi I 1 kappale
A Escrita e o Sono (1996) 1 kappale
Libertas 1 kappale
Storie 1 kappale
Roms historia 1 kappale
Rom och Hannibal 1 kappale
Roms kungatid 1 kappale
STORIE VOL. II 1 kappale
Histoire romaine 1 kappale
Roman history (2009) 1 kappale
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Roma Tarihi II 1 kappale
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7: Libro settimo 1 kappale
La prima Deca 1 kappale
Libri 33.-34. 1 kappale
Storia romana vol. III (1935) 1 kappale
Hay's Livy 1 kappale
Libri al rogo (2008) 1 kappale
Book XXII (1982) 1 kappale
História Romana 1 kappale
4: Libri 8.-10 1 kappale
Las décadas 1 kappale
XXX-XXXIII 1 kappale
Livy Book 1 1 kappale
Titus Livius 1 kappale
Hannibal Victor : Selections from Livy XXI & XXII (1985) — Writer — 1 kappale
History of Rome, books 5-6 (1993) 1 kappale
Teatro Moderno De Lisboa (2009) 1 kappale
Libri 37.-38. 1 kappale
Livy: Book V 1 kappale
Livy XXIV 1 kappale
Roma Tarihi I. Kitap (1992) 1 kappale
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Deca I, III, IV 1 kappale
Libri XXVI - XXX 1 kappale
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Libri 7.-8. 1 kappale
Rom's Historie 1 kappale
Libri IV - VI 1 kappale
The History Of Rome Vol VI (2004) 1 kappale
Loeb volumes 1 kappale
Leabhar XXVI (1975) 1 kappale
Book One 1 kappale
Livy - Book 12 1 kappale
[Livy] 1 kappale
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Surely more myth than history, but nonetheless it is very enjoyable and filled with parables. My favorites are the stories of the first seven kings of Rome, Coriolanus, and the Capitoline geese. It is required reading for anyone attempting to understand the Romans and how they understood their past.
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Russell098 | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 28, 2023 |
Livy begins his history of the Roman War with Carthage with the following passage: "I am now about to tell the story of the most memorable war in history: that, namely, which was fought by Carthage under the leadership of Hannibal against Rome." Thus asserts Livy at the start of the decade beginning in 222bc, books 21–30. He was certainly correct regarding ancient history. The Indo-Germanic and Semitic races were at war with one another over world dominance. The historian notes that the two had a hatred for one another that was as great as their armies, and that they were not only evenly matched but also knowledgeable of the enemy's battle strategies and potential might.

Livy never downplays the exploits of Hannibal, a 26-year-old who emerged as the protagonist of his tale. Ninety thousand soldiers, twelve thousand cavalry, and thirty-seven elephants crossed the Alps, and he made up any facts he could not find in existing records. After failing to stop the Carthaginians in Gaul, Scipio the father attempted again in the Italian plains, but each setback terrorized the imperial city. After Trebia and Lake Trasimene, Fabius Maximus's delay strategies were successful in keeping the invaders at bay for a while, but another consul, Varro, was impatient, which led to the ultimate Roman loss at Cannae (216 b.c.e.). Hannibal could have easily reached Rome if he had capitalized on his victory.

Book 25 covers a different stage of the conflict. A seventy-four-year-old mathematician named Archimedes' inventions of the catapult and grappling hooks, which lifted the prows of Roman ships attempting to attack the breakwater and sank them, kept Marcellus, who was besieging Syracuse, at bay for three years. Ultimately, though, the Romans discovered the gap in the defenses and took control of the island. This war is not over, but will continue until Scipio pursues Hannibal all the way to Zamma outside of Carthage where he will lead Rome to their ultimate victory.

I was impressed that Livy opened his narrative mentioning Hannibal by name. That is undoubtedly because he is the most engaging character in the story and likely the best General in spite of ultimately being defeated by Scipio Africanus. It is a narrative is full of great commanders, brutal and bloody warfare, shifting loyalties, superstitions and omens, and enough thrills to keep the reader both informed and entertained.
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jwhenderson | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2022 |
From the founding myth of Rome, narrated so eloquently by Virgil in The Aeneid, augmented with the tale of Romulus and Remus, Livy tells of the history of the republic to the beginning of the fourth century BC. This is an account that presents prosaic events enlivened with exciting moments of wars, political changes, the evolution from a monarchy to a republic, and great speeches by characters both unfamiliar and, sometimes, larger-than-life. Livy himself was born in Padua in 59 BC and died in 17 AD (about 40 years after the death of Virgil).

The early years of Roman history include the myth of Aeneas and the historic rule by Numa Pompilius whose life was also chronicled by Plutarch. There are battles like that of Lake Regillus and rulers both good and bad, the latter best represented by Canuleius the demagogue. My favorite was Cincinnatus who was the epitome of the farmer-soldier- ruler and who assumed the consulship only to return to the farm when his moment in the limelight had ended.

The many battles and usual successes highlight a barbarity that provides a foundation for that which is evident in the later empire (see Tacitus for that history). There are also the political battles between the Patricians and Plebes for control of the republic. In some ways they reminded me of more recent political contretemps in our own republic. It may come as a surprise that after many difficulties and resultant growth in the power of Rome, near the end of this part of Roman history the city itself is sacked by the Gauls. It must be the memory of that which explains some of the ruthlessness of the Romans under Caesar in the last days of the Republic (see Caesar's Gallic Wars for that story).

Ultimately Livy's history is readable both because of his engaging prose style and his ability to enliven most of the more critical events of early Roman history. With interpolated speeches from primary leaders the book reminded me of Thucydides masterpiece on the Peloponnesian Wars.
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jwhenderson | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2022 |
Esta obra representa el intento de Tito Livio por consignar por escrito la total historia interna y externa de Roma, desde la fundación de la Ciudad hasta la muerte de Augusto. Pese a que hoy sólo se conserva la quinta parte de los 142 libros, el mutilado panorama de la Historia Romana alcanza a mostrarnos las épocas decisivas del periodo en que los republicanos sentaron las bases de la expansión territorial de los romanos, aquello en que se sustentaría el Imperio durante largos siglos.
Livio opta no por el seguimiento monográfico, sino por el camino de la interpretación y el análisis de los hechos, donde la razón no pelea con lo poético. Se inclina más que a reflejar los aspectos oscuros y truculentos de la historia, a representar la majestad y la nobleza de las acciones. Es ante todo un narrador y de los personajes, crear situaciones épicas y dramáticas.
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