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on 8 March 2013
Ok so it was less than a pound for the entire translated copy of the surviving books from Livy's History of Rome.
But as so often with Kindle version of books (sometimes full price versions!!!) it is full of errors.

I have read 20% of the book so far and have bookmarked over 270 (yes 270) errors, caused by lack of spaces between words. This means there is gobbledegook on virtually every page, frequently several errors in the same paragraph.
These could have been found by the simple application of a spell-checker.

Sooner or later Amazon is going to have to apply some of its undoubted clout to so called publishers, and refuse to put error strewn material out there for their readers.
I am a fan of Amazon, but am becoming annoyed at their lack of willingness to apply some quality control.

A cheap item, that does not work, is the most expensive thing you can buy.
Customers who buy goods that do not work, will go elsewhere.
The high street and the web is full of examples of very big names who ultimately forgot about the quality of the goods they sold, and are now just history.
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on 22 December 2014
This is a gem if you have the staying power. The original Victorian translation was over 2000 pages long and I decided to use it as my 'travelling' book - train, bus and coach journeys etc. I am three quarters of the way through. It can be repetitive, pedantic and at times obscure but the translation and style feel fresh and real. I would imagine it gives as good a feel of Roman military and political life in the first six hundred years (although just over two thirds of the text has been lost) of Rome as you are likely to get anywhere. Livy seems scrupulous in the use of the historical texts and state records he had access to and not unquestioning.

What emerges is a picture of Rome as a state with an impenetrable will to survive even in the face of disaster as great as the defeat at Cannae; how small the Roman territory was for hundreds of years and how 'close to home' its interminable wars were fought; the intensity of it's internal politics and how powerful the plebs were for hundreds of years, the strength of the Republic's political and religious rules and rituals even in extremis - Consuls were called home from prosecuting wars to conduct elections etc. The feeling that emerges that it never entered the heads of the Romans that the state would not survive however desperate things were is palpable and reminds me of the things I read of Britain's attitude in 1940. After nearly eight hundred years of what comes over as virtually annual wars I can understand why 200 years of the Pax Romana after Augustus came to power meant so much to the Romans.

If you have the time and the staying power of the Roman State read this book.
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VINE VOICEon 11 February 2013
Livy's history is a long read and at times quite slow but it is required reading for any armchair history buff. The reward is knowing and understanding Rome and the era from one of the great source materials and at this price you cant go wrong. If you have the time then dig in as Livy is essential reading
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on 28 April 2015
A must read for anyone trying to make sense of modern times, you can see history repeat itself over and over again.
In the early days they had Plebs and Pats, as recently we had Lab and Cons and the issues are very similar!
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on 30 March 2014
One of the great surviving books from ancient times, from one of the great Roman historians - He died in 17AD so don't expect too much from later than that!
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on 17 August 2013
Allowing for Livy's bias, this is a useful text in terms of understanding the period covered. Mainly useful for reference in my case.
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on 15 January 2014
The item is as described also it was as delivered on time. All in all I am very satisfied with the service delivered.
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on 1 August 2015
Although I'm only 2% into reading this (page 697) it has never fallen short of fascinating...
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on 1 February 2016
so glad to have this vast work in my kindle. It will take a lifetime to read it.
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on 10 September 2015
You'd never believe the the things thae Romans did. Shocking, so it is !
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