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Livy , Dexter Hoyos , J.C. Yardley
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25 Jun 2009 Oxford World's Classics
'You know how to win a battle, Hannibal; you do not know how to use the victory!'

Livy's great history of Rome contains, in Books 21 to 30, the definitive ancient account of Hannibal's invasion of Italy in 218 BC, and the war he fought with the Romans over the following sixteen years. Livy describes the bloody siege of the Spanish city of Saguntum, Rome's ally, which sparked the war, and the Carthaginian leader's famous march with elephants over the Alps into Italy. Livy's gripping story-telling vividly conveys the drama of the great battles, the disastrous encounters at Trasimene and Cannae, and the final confrontation between Hannibal and the youthful Scipio Africanus. Individuals as well as events are brought powerfully to life, as the long course of the Second Punic War unfolds.

This new translation captures the brilliance of Livy's style, and is accompanied by a fascinating introduction and notes.
The complete Livy in English, available in five volumes from Oxford World's Classics.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199555974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555970
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...has long been recognised as 'one of the most outstanding narratives in ancient historiography'. (John John Jacobs, Yale University)

'Altogether, Yardley and Hoyos have collaborated to produce what will now become the authoritative English rendering of Livy 21-30. Yardley's exemplary translation strikes the right balance between a strict fidelity to the syntax of the Latin and the need to explain what Livy means while translating him.'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic account of a legendary conflict 23 July 2011
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For those of you who don't know, Livy was a historian who lived in the time of Augustus. He wrote a history of Rome from its birth up to his own time: the 'Ab urbe condita libri' which was comprised of 142 books. Only 35 still exist in a reasonably complete form. The following are available in the same series:

The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five: Bks. 1-5 (Oxford World's Classics)
The Dawn of the Roman Empire: Books 31-40 (Oxford World's Classics)
Rome's Mediterranean Empire: Books 41-45 and the Periochae (Oxford World's Classics)

This book deals with the Second Punic War, an existential threat to the Roman Republic. The book details the major events such as Hannibal's crossing of the Alps, the Battles of Trasimene and Cannae and the rise and final victory of Scipio Africanus.

The book is good, great in some sections with the usual caveats with Livy in respect to his inconsistent fact-checking and chronology. The endnotes help to clear a lot of this up but I found the sheer number of them unecessary, distracting at times and it spoiled the flow of the narrative.

Still, a good story and will be of interest to those who like classical history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal's War 19 Mar 2010
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This is a good book especially if you have already read Polybius' account. The two books are constantly contrasted and compared, but I feel this version is not quite so gripping as Polybius's. However it is still worth reading - bringing back the horror of hand to hand fighting in extreme temperatures, hardships and with elephants suffering alongside men.
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2.0 out of 5 stars to much beheading, spearing, blood & gore ! 10 April 2014
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I did not like this book. To much gore. It depressed me so bad I had to quite reading it.
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