Monday, September 10, 2007

Livy (Titus Livius) (59 BCE-17 CE)

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Envy, like fire, soars upward. [Lat., Invidiam, tamquam ignem, summa petere.] - from Annales (VIII, 31)


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A native of Padua on the Po River in northern Italy, Titus Livius (in English-speaking countries, "Livy"), wrote a monumental history of Rome from its founding in 753 B.C. The book's title, Ab Urbe Condita ("From the Founding of the City"), makes Livy's ambition clear, but not his method. He writes in a mixture of annual chronology and narrative - often having to interrupt a story to announce the elections of new Consuls at Rome. Livy was at least acquainted with Augustus, but is often identified with an attachment to the Roman Republic and a desire for its restoration. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Livy.]

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