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The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five: Bks. 1-5 (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Livy , T. J. Luce
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1 Oct 1998 Oxford World's Classics
`the fates ordained the founding of this great city and the beginning of the world's mightiest empire, second only to the power of the gods' Romulus and Remus, the rape of Lucretia, Horatius at the bridge, the saga of Coriolanus, Cincinnatus called from his farm to save the state - these and many more are stories which, immortalised by Livy in his history of early Rome, have become part of our cultural heritage. The historian's huge work, written between 20 BC and AD 17, ran to 12 books, beginning with Rome's founding in 753 BC and coming down to Livy's own lifetime (9 BC). Books 1-5 cover the period from Rome's beginnings to her first great foreign conquest, the capture of the Etruscan city of Veii and, a few years later, to her first major defeat, the sack of the city by the Gauls in 390 BC.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192822969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192822963
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. There is general agreement, first of all, that when Troy fell the Greeks punished the other Trojans mercilessly but refrained from exercising any right of conquest in the cases of two men, Aeneas and Antenor, who were connected to them by long-standing ties of guest friendship and had always advocated the return of Helen. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 Mar 2002
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This book is so easy to use, that I felt as if it was the original text. I am an A2 Level Latin student and found it extremely useful in my studies of the early history of Rome. I used the school copy and found it so interesting that I had to purchase a copy of my own. This is a "must read" book for any Classical Civilisation or Latin student. Even if you don't study these subjects, you will almost certainly enjoy this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of Roman National Mythology 2 Jan 2001
By Charles D. Gunnoe - Published on Amazon.com
Professor Luce has done an admirable service to students of ancient history with his new translation of Livy. In addition to the able and idiomatic translation, the volume possesses very helpful but not overly cumbersome explanatory notes. Students in my introductory ancient history course appreciated both the lively content of Rome's founding mythology and the quality of the edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an immortal classic in superb translation 14 Jan 2007
By Alex Martelli - Published on Amazon.com
The book itself is, of course, an immortal classic; I can read it reasonably well in the original Latin, myself (being Italian and having received a good classical education before college), but I've long been searching for a suitable English edition to recommend to my American family and friends -- and with this one, I've finally found it! It reads as smoothly as one could hope and loses nothing of the original's flavour. A practical counterexample to the traditional quip about translations being like women -- either beautiful, or faithful -- this book (like my wife!-) is both at the same time!-)
5.0 out of 5 stars text book 22 Jan 2013
By Nichole Pennybacker - Published on Amazon.com
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required reading for a greek literature course, but I enjoyed it a great deal. if you are interested in roman history straight from the time period, you will enjoy this book.
11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most intreging 22 May 2004
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Yes I am only 14 years old but listen to what I have to say.I am in 8th grade,and have always found the roman empire fasinating.So one day I asked my teacher how the roman empire started.Of corse I know the mith,Romulus and Remus were rased by wolfs and sarted rome on the 7th hill.But I wanted to know the truth.So my teacher gave me the book The Rise of Rome.It anserd all of my questions and I gained new knowledge and a better under standing of the roman empire.I was reading a review hear at amason and it said the book was awful because it had inadequet translations,like useing new age frases insted of old world words.Well DUHHHHHH!!!!! This is the new world.That is not a good enogh reason of why not to read the book.It dosnt matter how the book is transilated,as long as the meaning and story is the same.So for all of you who are intrested in the roman empire I highly recomend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring book for class 13 Sep 2011
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I had to read this for a Roman history class and the class and the book were both pretty boring. As a side note don't take any class that requires this if you don't want to be completely confused because it seems like everyone has the same name
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