A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie

By R. M. Ogilvie

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To my wisdom, this has develop into the normal statement for the 1st five books of Livy. it really is fun to learn the various modern reviews--none of that have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an identical sized statement on all extant books of Livy might run over 7000 pages. The longest evaluate i'll locate, years after ebook, in basic terms criticized the fairly brief advent, and frankly had now not seemed a lot additional on the remark itself!

Here's an excerpt from a overview discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant statement on
political heritage and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly invaluable 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. massive cognizance 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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Aliquid allaturos: cf. Cicero, de Off. 1. 155. 3. principis terrarumpopuli'. cf. Herodotus 1. 1. et ipsum: for the use of et ipse cf. 7. 4, 12. 3, 46. 2. T h e marginal me added by the correctors of M and O results from the misplacing of me in the following sentence. 's predecessors among historians, Q,. Fabius Pictor was a senator (Polybius 3. 9. 4), L. Cincius Alimentus a praetor (26. 23. 1), A. Postumius Albinus consul (Polybius 35. 3. 7), M . Porcius Cato consul and censor, L. Calpurnius Piso consul and censor, L.

53. 3 ; Servius, ad Aen. 5, 7. 158, 9. 47). An Etruscan oinochoe from Caere depicting a labyrinth has the inscription Truia and the very primitive military rite at R o m e was known as the lusus Troiae. Stephanus glosses the name by x^paZ- This evidence, whether it be coupled with the name of old Troy itself or not, has been taken to indicate that Troia was a pre-Indo-European term, used as a placename, meaning a fortified place (Rehm, Philologus, Supp. ). When once the Greeks began to spread the Trojan legend to Italy they naturally attached it to similar names.

T h e first version, which makes Aeneas the aggressor is, like the dismissal of Julian pretensions in 3. ), anti-dynastic. 38 FOUNDATION OF ROME i. 6 Laurentinum: at i. 4 N read Laurentem, which has the authority here against 7r5s Laurentinum. L. uses neither form elsewhere. 1. 9. penates: 1. 10 n. 1. 10. Lavinium'. L. 14. 2067-8) with the modern Pratica di Mare. T h e relation of the ager Laurens and the people known as Laurentes to the city of Lavinium was obscure even in classical times. No town of Laurentum is attested in inscriptions, itineraries, or historical sources (but cf.

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