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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic account of a legendary conflict, 23 July 2011
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This review is from: Hannibal's War: Books 21-30 (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
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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