By R. M. Ogilvie

ISBN-10: 0198144326

ISBN-13: 9780198144328

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To my wisdom, this has turn into the normal statement for the 1st five books of Livy. it really is a laugh to learn the various modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as the same sized observation on all extant books of Livy might run over 7000 pages. The longest assessment i may locate, years after ebook, in basic terms criticized the quite brief creation, and frankly had now not seemed a lot extra on the statement itself!

Here's an excerpt from a assessment discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant remark on
political historical past and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly worthy complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified angle that the early heritage of Rome
is mythical at top. huge awareness is
paid to Roman religion-again an important emphasis
in view of Livy's tendency to straddle between
his personal desire to take faith heavily, and the
contemporary skepticism that observed piety as an
affectation for political purposes.

Review through: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)

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3 drawing on Antiochus) called theElymi whose chief towns were Segesta and Eryx Trojan refugees, and Hellanicus (F. Gr. Hist. 4 F 31) named Elymus as a companion-in-arms of Aegestus and Aeneas, though in another context saying that the Elymi came from Italy (4 F 79 b with Jacoby's note). Their culture was characterized by elements which were more Phoenician than Greek, lending colour to the belief that they reached Sicily from the East before the Greeks (details in Dunbabin, The Western Greeks, 336-7).

625-575. "All the attendant details and legends tell nothing about the actual history of Rome but much about how that history was written and how it came to be regarded. T h e archaeological evidence is most conveniently to be found in the three volumes of E. Gjerstad's Early Rome. T h e best general intro­ duction in English is R. Bloch, The Origins of Rome, in the series Ancient Peoples and Places, published by Thames and Hudson. See also E. Gjerstad, Legends and Facts of Early Roman History, 6 ff.

3. Caere: 6o. 2, 4. 61. 11, 5. 40. 10, the modern Cervetri, situated on a tongue of tufa rock, 30 miles north of Rome and 3 \ miles from the coast on which it had a port, Agylla. Its position with access to the sea secured it prosperity from the earliest times: the oldest tombs are dated to c. 700. Caere would, then, have been in existence in this legendary period but that is all that can be said. For the remains see R. Mengarelli, Mon. Ant. Ace. ; Maule and Smith, Votive Religion at Caere; for the history, Sordi, / Rapporti Romano-Ceriti.

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