This edition of the first five books of Livy's study of the foundation of Rome is a pleasure to read and truly worthy of Livy's great achievement.
Livy deserves considerable credit for researching, analyzing, and describing the hundreds of years of Roman history that encompass his work. He is a thorough historian who strives to be objective, even though his admiration and devotion to the Roman state is deeply genuine. The events in Books 1 through 5 occurred hundreds of years before Livy's time, and although he may use some license in the descriptions of events he also provides an impressive number of actual names, character profiles, and factual circumstances.
The translation, introduction, and notes by Valerie M. Warrior equal Livy's integrity and have the advantage of modern day scholarship. The notes, which are on the foot of each page, contribute greatly to an understanding of Livy's intentions and provide considerable depth to understanding the early Republic. Ms. Warrior's detailed explanation of the sometimes complex, sometimes subtle definition of Latin words, her knowledge of Roman religion, and the extensive cross-referencing, along with her clear, highly readable translation all combine to make this edition a notable achievement.