The Early History of Rome

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Penguin Books Limited, 1960 - History - 487 pages
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With stylistic brilliance and historical imagination, the first five books of Livy's monumental history of Rome record events from the foundation of Rome through the history of the seven kings, the establishment of the Republic and its internal struggles, up to Rome's recovery after the fierce Gallic invasion of the fourth century B.C. Livy vividly depicts the great characters, legends, and tales, including the story of Romulus and Remus. Reprinting Robert Ogilvie'sálucid 1971 introduction, this highly regarded edition now boasts a new preface, examining the text in light of recent Livy scholarship, informative maps, bibliography, and an index.

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User Review  - Marse - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tullius22 - LibraryThing

Livy's still got style... It's true that he's not perfect, but I like him... I think that the philosophy of history he sets out at the beginning, in the preface, is very solid and useful, and ... 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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