By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has turn into the traditional remark for the 1st five books of Livy. it's fun to learn a number of the modern reviews--none of that have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an identical 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 particularly brief creation, and albeit had no longer regarded a lot additional on the remark itself!
Here's an excerpt from a overview discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant remark on
political historical past and prosopography is furnished,
as a really valuable complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified perspective that the early background of Rome
is mythical at top. substantial consciousness 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 via: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)
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1. 242) appeared to credit L. with having told of Aeneas' betrayal of Troy (hi enim duo (Antenor et Aeneas) Troiam prodidisse dicuntur secundum Livium; cf. Origo Gentis Romanae 9. 1-2) and he observed that L. never uses iam primum to begin a paragraph (cf. 5. 51. 6, 28. 39. 5, 39. 52. 8, 40. 3. 3). From this he concluded that a sentence or sentences had been lost. 's reason for not naming Rome at the very beginning is that he gives pride of place to his native district of Padua and iam primum is not strictly the opening for it follows on from the general introduction contained in the Praefatio.
Equally the two dominant facts about the personality of Romulus as they materialized in later telling, the antagonistic 32 F O U N D A T I O N OF R O M E rivalry with his brother and the aggressive militarism which contrasts so abruptly with the piety of his successor, correspond to no historical actuality. They represent a peculiarly R o m a n form of myth much older than Rome which belong to the very core of Indo-European thought. Romulus and Remus are Cain and Abel or J a c o b and Esau. Romulus and N u m a are Varuna and Mitra or Uranus and Zeus.
34. 4. 2-13 (Cato's speech). T h e terms are conventional rhetoric. The Invocation of the Gods Such invocations, although regular at the commencement of great affairs (22. 9. 7, 38. 48. 14, 45. 39. g. Homer, Theognis, Ennius, Virgil: for the formulaic opening
A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie