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The History of Rome, Books XXXI-XLV: Rome and the Mediterranean

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After the decisive defeat of Hannibal in the Second Punic War (218-201), Rome faced a series of challenges from the East - to emerge as master of the Mediterranean in 167 B.C. It is Livy who, by the sheer power of his historical imagination, creates from the bald and often inaccurate souces an enthralling narrative, full of drama and color, compelling personalities and mag ...more
Paperback, 699 pages
Published August 26th 1976 by Penguin Classics
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Jul 12, 2012 Jefferson rated it it was amazing
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I've given this book 4 stars, so in the interest of full disclosure, I should probably concede that I originally began reading it around July 1988. Back in those days, I tended to read a handful of books at once, so things could progress slowly. By early 1990, I was at about page 245 -- and then I put it down, not to pick it up again until February of this year.

I probably had trouble getting through this book originally because I took it up right after finishing Livy's The War with Hannibal in i
Feb 10, 2012 umberto rated it liked it
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I think this fourth book by Livy is a bit lengthy and complex since Rome engaged her various theaters of war in some cities in the Mediterranean. I didn't think I would read it at all, however, I decided to keep reading and sometime enjoyed his narrative as a matter of fact in which I couldn't help feeling hypnotized. Again, we have to forgive him because he's long been regarded as one of the great Roman historians, in other words, he should have deserved and thus been awarded innumerous doctora ...more
Jul 16, 2010 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Rome, fresh off the victory in Africa, propels its war machine on to a destructive rampage of Greece and Asia, destroying the Antigonid dynasty in the process and thereby securing world supremacy. It is fascinating to note how the Greeks thought they were being liberated by the Romans, and how all those ominous garrisons were understood as diplomatic byways or temporary checks on kingly power; and we do know they celebrated their Roman conquest like Americans imagine Iraqis to have done because ...more
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Sep 28, 2014 Aaron Crofut rated it really liked it
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The last segment of Livy's great work that remains to us (about three quarters are missing), I can't help but wonder how such a book could be mass published in that age. The completed work must have numbered close to 5000 pages. These particular books deal with Rome immediately after the Second Punic War and witnesses her conflicts in the east against Macedonia and Syria. By coming to the aid of her allies, Rome is constantly dragged into foreign conflicts which lead to Rome's supremacy in the W ...more
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Nov 25, 2014 Dan Weiss rated it it was ok
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There are some vital things in this book concerning Rome's growth and the retrospective values of the Augustan period. Nevertheless, Livy is a wordy fellow and the translation seemed a bit unwieldy at times.
Mar 23, 2010 Arbitrista rated it really liked it
I read both books in this edition. Livy is a compelling writer. The interview between Scipio and Hannibal before the Battle of Zama is one of the finer passages I've read.
Jun 21, 2012 Nate rated it it was amazing
Sad to finish reading all the extant Livy. Will miss his matter-of-fact narratives of Roman conquest and politics.
Jul 20, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Rome begins to defeat the Greeks after Alexander and establishes their power base around the great sea.
Aug 01, 2008 Steve rated it liked it
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A good translation, but the fact that they've abridged it is incredibly annoying.
Jul 20, 2010 Tinkwelborn rated it it was amazing
Who else around here knows the Romans as well?
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