By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has turn into the normal remark for the 1st five books of Livy. it truly is a laugh to learn the various modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an identical sized observation on all extant books of Livy could run over 7000 pages. The longest assessment i may locate, years after booklet, simply criticized the quite brief creation, and frankly had no longer seemed a lot extra on the statement itself!
Here's an excerpt from a evaluate discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant remark on
political background and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly priceless complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified perspective that the early background of Rome
is mythical at most sensible. significant consciousness is
paid to Roman religion-again an important emphasis
in view of Livy's tendency to straddle between
his personal desire to take faith heavily, and the
contemporary skepticism that observed piety as an
affectation for political purposes.
Review via: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)
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But for L. the legend had a special meaning. He was a Paduan and the story of his home city was thereby joined to the history of the capital city. Hence he begins his history with Antenor not Aeneas (but see 1. ) and takes for granted as common knowledge that Antenor founded Padua. For the history of the Veneti see Storia di Venezia 1 (1957); R. Battaglia, Bull, di Paletn. Italiana, 1959, with bibliography; G. Capovilla, Miscellanea Galbiati, 1. ; for the Venetic language see M. S. ; for the Antenor legend seeThallon A.
When once the Greeks began to spread the Trojan legend to Italy they naturally attached it to similar names. T h e Latian Troia is to be sited at or near Zingarini. 1. 4 - 3 . Aeneas and the Alban Kings 1. 4. maiora: by enallage with rerum. fatis: 4. 1 n. Macedoniam: the old town of Rakelos in Macedonia-Thrace changed its name to Aineia (Herodotus 7. 123. 2 ; Lycophron 1236 with U) and issued coins of Aeneas carrying Anchises, on his shoulders (Head, 37 i. i. 4 F O U N D A T I O N OF R O M E Historia Numorum, 214).
E. Aeneas as divine ancestor, which was attested at the river 39 I- I . 10 FOUNDATION OF ROME Numicius near Lavinium (Fabius Pic tor fr. 4 P . ; Naevius ap. Macrobius 6. 2. 31) has recently been confirmed by a fourth-century cippus found at Tor Tignosa 5 miles inland from Lavinium and inscribed LARE AiNEiA D(ONOM) to be of comparable antiquity with the Lavinian Penates (Guarducci, Bull. Commun. S. 50 (1 g6o), 114-18). Now the cult of Aeneas never reached Rome, although the legend did, and the explanation of the role played by Lavinium in the Trojan origins of Rome may lie in the significance of that fact coupled with the peculiar nature of the R o m a n Penates.
A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie