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Rome and Italy

The History of Rome from its Foundation

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Betty Radice's translation fully preserves the clear, articulate style of the original. In his introduction, R. M. Ogilvie discusses the background to Livy's history and explains how it was structured and compiled. Books VI-X of Livy's monumental work trace Rome's fortunes from its near collapse after defeat by the Gauls in 386 bc to its emergence, in a matter of decades, as the premier power in Italy, having conquered the city-state of Samnium in 293 bc. In this fascinating history, events are described not simply in terms of partisan politics, but through colourful portraits that bring the strengths, weaknesses and motives of leading figures such as the noble statesman Camillus and the corrupt Manlius vividly to life. While Rome's greatest chronicler intended his history to be a memorial to former glory, he also had more didactic aims - hoping that readers of his account could learn from the past ills and virtues of the city.

Product code: 9780140443882

ISBN 9780140443882
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS22
No. Of Pages 384
Edition 6th edition
Traces Rome's fortunes from its near collapse after defeat by the Gauls in 386 bc to its emergence, in a matter of decades, as the premier power in Italy, having conquered the city-state of Samnium in 293 bc. This book features portraits that bring the strengths, weaknesses and motives of leading figures such as the noble statesman Camillus.