The Early History of Rome

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Penguin Books Limited, 1960 - History - 487 pages
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Livy (c. 59 BC-AD 17) dedicated most of his life to writing some 142 volumes of history, the first five of which comprise The Early History of Rome. With stylistic brilliance, he chronicles nearly 400 years of history, from the founding of Rome (traditionally dated to 757 BC) to the Gallic invasion in 386 BC - 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.

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Livy tells the traditional story of the first 365 years of Rome, from the wanderings of Aeneas to the sack of the city by Gauls in 386 BC Myth slides seamlessly into legend and then on into history ... Read full review

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Livy is the Roman equivalent of Herodotus, blending fact with myth and legend to paint a highly readable portrait of the monarchy and early republic of Rome. Before the Empire and all its imperial ... Read full review

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Aubrey de SÚlincourt, scholar and translator, translated Livy's The Early History of Rome (Books I--V) and The War with Hannibal (Books XXI--XXX), The Histories of Herodotus and The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, all for the Penguin Classics. He was born in 1896 and educated at Rugby, and University College, Oxford. A schoolmaster of genius for twenty-six years, he retired in 1947 to the Isle of Wight, where he lived until his death in 1962.

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