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The Early History of Rome by Livy
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Mar 26, 2008

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Reasonable secondary source history of Rome. Livy covers the time period from 1200BC to ~385BC in minor detail, but includes some famous speeches from the time. Enjoyable for a number of reasons, excruciating for a number of others.

Enjoyable: Its nice to hear a pagan bitching about how everything's going to shit because the gods aren't being followed and kids these days don't give the gods the respect they deserve.

Enjoyable: The names of Roman Senators. My favorites were definitely Spurius Furius and Gaius Manlius. Hysterical.

Not Enjoyable: It's basically the same thing year after year until the late 400s BC. I really stopped caring about the war after war between the Volscians and Rome. Really stopped.

Overall, not bad, and lots of raw data. Some of the stories are really funny. Mostly, it's dry.
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