By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has develop into the normal statement for the 1st five books of Livy. it's a laugh to learn a number of the modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as the same sized remark on all extant books of Livy might run over 7000 pages. The longest evaluate i may locate, years after e-book, simply criticized the particularly brief advent, and frankly had now not seemed a lot additional on the remark itself!
Here's an excerpt from a overview discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant statement on
political historical past and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly priceless complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified perspective that the early historical past of Rome
is mythical at most sensible. huge consciousness is
paid to Roman religion-again an important emphasis
in view of Livy's tendency to straddle between
his personal desire to take faith heavily, and the
contemporary skepticism that observed piety as an
affectation for political purposes.
Review through: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)
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Extra resources for A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V
Leeman, Helikon I. 28 fF. , Hecataeus, F. Gr. Hist. 1; Thucydides 1. 1; Ephorus, F. Gr. Hist. 70 F 7 - 9 ; Polybius 1. 1-5; Tacitus, Hist. 1. 1. The Reasons for Undertaking a Subject already treated by Many and Dis tinguished Authors 1. facturusne operae pretium sim: confirmed by Quintilian 9. 4. 74 who says that the corrupt order facturusne sim operae pretium, found in N , had already gained currency by his own day. T h e true order gives a dactylic opening (7". Livius hexametri exordio coepit) which seems to have been a fashionable affectation; cf.
T h e Aemilii substituted an Aemilia for Rhea Silvia (Plutarch, Romulus 2). H. 1. 77). Varro added religious and antiquarian refinements. It is to this late stage in the synthesis of the legends that the two authorities which L. consulted belong (1. , 3. ). Unlike Virgil, who appears to have relied on the epic tradition created by Naevius and 34 F O U N D A T I O N OF R O M E i. i. 1-3 Ennius rather than the Catonian, L. followed recent historians (3. ). There is no trace of Ennius in his account.
Cincius Alimentus a praetor (26. 23. 1), A. Postumius Albinus consul (Polybius 35. 3. 7), M . Porcius Cato consul and censor, L. Calpurnius Piso consul and censor, L. Coelius Antipater a nobilis (Cicero, Brutus 102), C. Licinius Macer 25 Praef. 3 PREFACE tribune and praetor. Only of L. Cassius Hemina is nothing known. Even Valerius Antias came from a service family (see above, p . 12) and Q . Aelius Tubero belonged to a family distinguished in the public service (Cicero, Brutus 117; Pomponius, Enchiridii 40).
A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie