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Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V (Penguin Classics) (Bks. 1-5) Paperback – June 25, 2002
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
About the Author
Aubrey de Sélincourt (1896-1962) was educated at Rugby and University College, Oxford. A scholar and translator, he 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. A schoolmaster of genius for twenty-six years, he retired in 1947 to the Isle of Wight, where he lived until his death.
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The man who wrote this book, Titus Livius (Livy), lived from 59 B.C. to 17 A.D. He wrote 142 books on the history of Rome from 753 B.C. to 9 B.C. and only 35 books have survived. This book is about the first 5 books starting at the beginning when Rome was founded and ending after Romans take back their city and defeat the Gauls.
The book also works fine on my Kindlefire. There was a couple times when there were 2 pages of the same page or when 2 pages were the same, but when you keep on reading you notice they skipped a page. So you go back, and when you do, both pages are the same again. They are of a different page though, and you see it is the page you were missing (this only happened 2 times). But, besides that, it was pretty good. So I would totally recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the history of Rome.
Livy's work is quite significant though probably of limited historical value (as the introduction discusses). On the other hand, some philologists have found Livy's work (including Dumezil) to contain patters common to other Indo-European societies and hence probably based on earlier oral and epic traditions which do not come down to us from other sources. For comparative Indo-European studies, as well as studies into early Rome, this work is indispensable.
The translation is quite accessible. Highly recommended.
another writer who can really give you a feel for the archaic period, eg., Romulus, Decius Mus, Marcus Manlius, Scipio
etc. who have really exciting stories not really duplicated anywhere else. His writing and this translation is brilliant.