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Storia di Roma. Libri 1-2. Dai re alla Repubblica

(Livy History of Rome #1-2)

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Dopo una prefazione in cui sono presentati gli intenti dell'opera e accennati i criteri storiografici adottati, Livio inizia nel Libro I la sua storia a partire dalla leggendaria fondazione per proseguire con le vicende relative ai due secoli di regime monarchico. Nel libro II (e fino al V) l'attenzione si sposta all'avvento della repubblica, alle guerre combattute contro ...more
Paperback, I grandi libri #419, 417 pages
Published June 2005 by Garzanti (first published 12)
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Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, history, livy, roman, loeb
"Look, that you may see how cheap they hold their bodies whose eyes are fixed upon renown!"
- Livy, Book II, xii 13


Book 1 (Rome Under the Kings)
Book 2 (The Beginnings of the Republic)

This might be the first book to bankrupt me. Or rather books. I own several versions of Livy (Folio, The first Penguin (Books 1-10), and the first four volumes of the Loeb's History of Rome by Livy). I've decided to track and read through the Loeb, but that is going to require me to buy another 10 volumes.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livy (Titus Livius Patavinus) lived from about 60 BCE to 17 CE. He was a Roman historian whose most important work was his History of Rome, an immense and monumental work, large portions of which have been lost, although much remains. His work has been hugely influential and has often been referred to by subsequent historians. Machiavelli, for example, wrote a commentary on the first ten books of Livy’s History (the work in its entirety is known to have included 142 books).

This present volume
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latine
Iter Romam feci, vetere cum codice rubro, quo moris est viatores per Vrbem duci. Haudquaquam dico illum Baedecker, immo editionem loebensem primorum librorum duorum Livii Ab urbe condita. Melior dux non optandus.
Carrie Marshall
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I’ve wanted to read since my trip to Italy 2 years ago. The history of Rome is exciting to me. Livy was a Roman Historian who wrote about the beginning of Rome to his time. He is interesting because it’s the only first hand telling of everyday life in Rome. It took me a while to read because of the translation, it’s a little difficult- but extremely worth it!
Alexander Rolfe
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories of early Rome are great, and read pretty fast. There are some surprises: Livy says the Greeks let Aeneas go when Troy fell, which is a very different picture from Book 2 of the Aeneid. It's a lot of fun, especially when consuls with names like Spurius Furious appear.
Jackson Cyril
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of Livy's history traces the history of Rome from its mythical origins to the expulsion of Tarquin. The vivid narrative, devoid of excessive moralizing and written briskly, makes for delightful reading. Interesting enough, in Livy's account Romulus never actually dies, but ascends to heaven ala Oedipus or Elijah. Also, its interesting to note that the first thing Romulus does after he founds the city is to establish religious ritual, provide law and build walls-- a litany of the ...more
Chris Wolfington
The Loeb edition of Livy comes in 14 volumes, so I'll give a summary of the complete work in this first volume, so newcomers have an idea of what to expect. The Loeb books are conveniently small, feature the original Latin with an English translation on the opposite page, the maps are o.k., and the index for the entire set is in the 14th volume.

Livy was a Roman historian who lived during the end of the reign of Augustus, and wrote a history of Rome from it's first settlements up to his own day.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman history continues to interest this reader. Livy's tale of the establishment of the city of Rome begins here. The city ditches Kings in favor of a more-or-less democratic assembly as surrounding tribes are brought into the fold. The creation of laws gives at least the illusion of fairness to the plebians, upon whom of course so much rests. Plus cool two-color fold-out maps in the back pages.

Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good introduction to the early history of Rome. The reader should understand that the historical analysis that we expect of todays writters of history was not present then so much of what Livy writes is either subject to interpretation or outright fabrication. Still it is a worthy primary source for students and teachers alike.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight-faced legendary history.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a decent translation. The language is a little stilted, but readable.
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Titus Livius (Patavinus) (64 or 59 BC – AD 17)—known as Livy in English, and Tite-Live in French—was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people – Ab Urbe Condita Libri (Books from the Foundation of the City) – covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own time. He was ...more

Other books in the series

Livy History of Rome (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Livy II: History of Rome, Books 3-4 (Loeb Classical Library, #133)
  • Livy III: History of Rome, Books 5-7 (Loeb Classical Library, #172)
  • History of Rome, Volume IV: Books 8-10
  • History of Rome, Volume 5 of 14: Books 21-22
  • History of Rome, Volume VI, Books 23-25 (Loeb Classical Library No. 355)
  • History of Rome, volume 7 of 14, Books 26-27
  • History of Rome, Volume 8 of 14: Books 28-30
  • History of Rome, Volume IX: Books 31-34
  • History of Rome, Volume 10 of 14: Books 35-37
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