Synopses & Reviews
With stylistic brilliance and historical imagination, the first five books of Livy's monumental history of Rome record events from the foundation of Rome through the history of the seven kings, the establishment of the Republic and its internal struggles, up to Rome's recovery after the fierce Gallic invasion of the fourth century B.C. Livy vividly depicts the great characters, legends, and tales, including the story of Romulus and Remus. Reprinting Robert Ogilvie
's lucid 1971 introduction, this highly regarded edition now boasts a new preface, examining the text in light of recent Livy scholarship, informative maps, bibliography, and an index.
Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with an introduction by Robert Ogilvie.
The first five books of Livy's history of Rome record the city's foundations through the Republic to Rome's recovery after the Gallic invasion of the 4th century BC.
"This translation first published in 1960"--T.p. verso.
About the Author
Aubrey de Sélincourt, scholar and translator, translated Livy’s The Early History of Rome (Books I—V) and The War with Hannibal (Books XXI—XXX), The Histories of Herodotus and The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, all for the Penguin Classics. He was born in 1896 and educated at Rugby, and University College, Oxford. A schoolmaster of genius for twenty-six years, he retired in 1947 to the Isle of Wight, where he lived until his death in 1962.
Table of Contents
Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with a New Preface by Stephen Oakley
THE EARLY HISTORY OF ROME
Rome under the Kings
The Beginnings of the Republic
The Patricians at Bay
War and Politics
The Capture of Rome
Maps: Latium; Rome