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The Early History of Rome by Livy
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Jan 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ancient-rome, history

This year I have determined to read a number of books written during the Roman Republic and Empire. I have started with Livy's The Early History of Rome, which covers the period from the founding of Rome to the sacking of the city by the Gauls in 386 B.C.

Although Livy was no match for the dark power of Tacitus, the story he tells is one of war all the time. From its founding, Rome was constantly at war with the Etruscans, the Sabines, the Volsci, and other nearby peoples. At the same time, from early in their existence, the patrician classes and the common people (or plebs) were at each other's throats. For the most part, the classes would come to some agreement when war threatened -- but not always.

It is interesting to speculate how it was that the Romans became so powerful after the Punic Wars with the Carthaginians. Could it be that they were so used to war that, over the centuries, they developed a superior military that was able to take on all comers?
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January 5, 2012 – Started Reading
January 5, 2012 – Shelved
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page 80
January 5, 2012 – Shelved as: ancient-rome
January 5, 2012 – Shelved as: history
January 6, 2012 –
page 165
January 7, 2012 –
page 269
January 8, 2012 –
page 341
January 9, 2012 –
page 432
January 9, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Szplug (last edited Mar 30, 2012 03:59PM) (new)

Szplug Although Livy was no match for the dark power of Tacitus

Nicely put and perceptive.

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