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 Corrected Everything and you need to know about the rise of Rome to a world power it s too bad half the work is lost. 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. Outside of Proust and Plutarch s Lives which are both probably still shorter this is the longest collection I have ever read The major difference between Plutarch s Lives and Livy s History of Rome is the scale at which events take place Whereas in Plutarch s Lives we get a close up of the intimacies of the lives of major Greek and Roman s throughout history, Livy s History is a much larger picture, continuing chronologically from start to finish throughout Roman history I don t think it would be possible to recommend this collection to anyone as anything but an excellent collection of scholarly references for the detail oriented student of Roman History It was certainly far challenging than any other book I have read, there are portions of it indeed which I may or may not have slept through Livy is a rambling man, and takes great pains to include political and religious details which quickly become extremely tedious.All of that being said, I began this collection with little or no knowledge of Roman history and have come out of it feeling that I can say not perhaps that I am an authority on the topic, but that certainly I have learned a great deal and would be capable of developing some of my own ideas about it. Actually a very boring story, especially in the second half a pure sequence of wars and battles, organized as annales Consulate years Only the first decade is really enjoyable and afterwards some elaborate stories of heroics or confrontations between patricians and plebeians.As a historian Livius sometimes gives the impression that he is very critical of his sources, but in practice he still displays different versions, with the occasional comment There s a role even for the gods, albeit mostly indirectly Typical is his moralizing slant with appreciation for straightforward heroes and former morals when were still respected this and that In the conflict between patricians and plebeians he designates the latter invariably as rioters, but between the lines, he gives the impression he understands their requirements.As a whole you get the impression that the Romans were a real soldiers people war governed the whole public life The theme of the freedom comes popping up regularly, but is secondary.
Titus Livius Patavinus 64 or 59 BC AD 17 known as Livy in English, and
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