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Livy: History of Rome, Vol. I, Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library: Latin Authors, Vol. 114) (Volume I) Hardcover – January 31, 1919

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  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 1919)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674991265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674991262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By panthera_uncia on August 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Livy's lengthy and detailed History of Rome covers many events that are little known today, but it makes excellent reading for anyone interested in ancient history. This Loeb Classical Library edition has many useful features. It has Livy's Latin text and an English translation side-by-side for easy study, it has the dates of events - both on our calendar and on the Roman calendar - along the margins, it has frequent notes to explain Livy's more obscure references, and at the end of each of Livy's 'books' there is a concise summary.
This first volume is one of the best in the whole series (which runs 14 volumes in this edition). Not only does it have a good introduction to the series, it also covers some of the most interesting events in Rome's history, running from its founding until 468 BC, and including Rome's transition from a kingdom to a republic.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Anesko on January 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
These little Loeb tomes are rather expensive, and are meant in part as a learning tool for the Latin student; that said, they are very satisfying! Livy is a storyteller first and foremost, and his opinions shine through his History. He applauds as the plebs throw off the tyrant Tarquinius, and checks them later for asserting their power while the Volsci prepare war on Rome.

He probes tensions between family and country, between the classes, between the resentment of power in the hands of few and the recurring desire for a dictator against whos judgement there is no appeal.

In Books 1-2 there are arrogant aristocrats, commoners who become senators and kings, 15-minutes-of-fame heroes, shifting tax codes, debtors prison, draft resistors. All woven into a fanstastic narrative.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Since there are so many of these darn things the review shall be divided into three sections. First, a brief description of the Loeb series of books and their advantages/disadvantages. Second shall be my thoughts on the author himself, his accuracy, as well as his style and the style of his translator. This is of course only my opinion and should be treated as such. The final part shall review what this particular book actually covers.

The Loeb series date back to the turn of the last century. They are designed for people with at least some knowledge of Greek or Latin. They are a sort of compromise between a straight English translation and an annotated copy of the original text. On the left page is printed the text in Greek or Latin depending on the language of the writer and on the right side is the text in English. For somebody who knows even a little Greek or Latin these texts are invaluable. You can try to read the text in the original language knowing that you can correct yourself by looking on the next page or you can read the text in translation and check the translation with the original for more detail. While some of the translations are excellent mostly they are merely serviceable since they are designed more as an aid to translation rather than a translation in themselves. Most of them follow the Greek or Latin very closely. These books are also very small, maybe just over a quarter the size of your average hardcover book. This means that you'll need to buy more than just one book to read a complete work. They are also somewhat pricey considering their size. The Loeb Collection is very large but most of the more famous works can be found in better (and cheaper) translations elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you're interested in the time period this is a must. Incredibly thorough history of Rome and an easy enough read for the layman. Looking forward to reading the following volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas L. Shepard on November 26, 2013
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Good translation, page by page print. Hard to criticize an historical icon. Good text size and coorelation to the translation.
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