By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has develop into the normal observation for the 1st five books of Livy. it's a laugh to learn a few of the modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as the same sized remark on all extant books of Livy may run over 7000 pages. The longest evaluate i may locate, years after booklet, in basic terms criticized the quite brief advent, and albeit had no longer seemed a lot additional on the observation itself!
Here's an excerpt from a overview discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant statement on
political historical past and prosopography is furnished,
as a really beneficial complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified angle that the early historical past of Rome
is mythical at top. enormous recognition 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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35 ( r 945) 9 9 _ I O 4 J F- Bomer, Rom und Troia, 1955; A. Alfoldi, Die Troian. Urahnen d. Romer, 1957; see also P. Ducati, Tito Livio e le origini di Roma. T h e thesis that L. is dependent upon Ennius is main tained among others by W. Aly, Livius und Ennius; M . Ghio, Riv. FiL Class. 29 (1951), 1 ff. 1. 1-3. The Legend of Antenor Nothing is known historically or archaeologically about the Euganei who were supposed to inhabit in classical times the sub-alpine regions above the Po valley. A number of inscriptions from the Val Camonica dating from later than c.
3, 48. 9, 56. 8)« T h e consequence oflibertas, as of free enterprise, is discordia as is illustrated by the events of the latter half of Book 2 and as is already hinted in r. 17. 1 or 1. 42. 2. A free society requires for its preservation the exercise by individual citizens of the social virtues. T o give way to avaritia and to scorn modestia must entail the disruption of society (Praef. ). This is clearly seen in the course of Book 3 ; and the way is prepared in Book 1 where Ancus Marcius' pillaging (35.
Much more is known about the Veneti (5. 33. 10). Their chief centres were Padua and Este (Ateste), where a settled culture, distinct from the Villanovan, can be traced from the tenth to the second century. T h e Veneti were distinguished for their metal-work and for their horse-breeding and had commercial contacts with the Greeks from before the sixth century. Their language also is now generally agreed to have had its closest affinity with the Latin-Faliscan group although its alphabet was borrowed from the Etruscans and some words have been claimed as Illyrian.
A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie