By R. M. Ogilvie

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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's fun to learn a number of the modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an analogous sized observation on all extant books of Livy may run over 7000 pages. The longest overview i may locate, years after ebook, basically criticized the particularly brief advent, and albeit had now not appeared a lot additional on the observation itself!

Here's an excerpt from a evaluate discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant remark on
political heritage and prosopography is furnished,
as a really precious complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified angle that the early historical past of Rome
is mythical at most sensible. significant 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 by way of: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)

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A. H. S. 47 (1957), 155-72. R. M. OGILVIE, The Listener, 3 November 196 O. RIEMANN, Etudes sur la langue et la grammair A. ROSTAGNl, Da Livio a Virgilio (Padova, 194 W. P. SCHELLER, De Hellenistica Historiae Consc S. G. STACEY, Archivf Lat. Lex. 10 (1898), 17 B. L. A. 73 (1942),25-33. R. ULLMANN, La Technique des discours dans Sall 19 2 7). --Etude sur le style des discours de Tite-Live (O P. G. WALSH, Rh. Mus. 97 (1954), 97-114. - - Livy, His Historical Aims and Methods (Cam K. WITTE, Rh. Mus.

The society was invaded by avaritia and ambitio (cupido honorum) which 23 PREFACE led remorselessly to depravity (luxuria). It was not a profound thesis. Sallust was not a profound thinker. Such ideas enjoyed wide circula­ tion in contemporary R o m e . But Sallust believed in it enough to dis­ tort the facts of history to fit the strait-jacket of his philosophical scheme. L. rejects it. In assessing the decline of public morality u p to his own day L. admits the emergence of avaritia but is silent about ambitio (Praef.

Ratherius so understood it, glossing discordantes. 27 Praef. 9 PREFACE nee vitia nostra nee remedia: cf. 34. 49. 3 ; Plutarch, Cato min. J. 4. 9. 11. T h e conventional character of the expression might lead us to see in it a general reference to opposition to Augustus 5 solution of Rome's disorders by personal government; cf. Tacitus, Annals 1. 9. 4. But the connexion between moral, especially sexual, laxity and political disaster was made in very similar terms by Horace in Odes 3. 24 intactis opulentior and Odes 3.

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