A Commentary on Livy: Books I-V by R. M. Ogilvie

By R. M. Ogilvie

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To my wisdom, this has develop into the normal statement for the 1st five books of Livy. it truly is a laugh to learn a few of the modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an identical sized remark on all extant books of Livy may run over 7000 pages. The longest overview i may locate, years after book, purely criticized the relatively brief creation, and albeit had no longer appeared a lot extra on the observation itself!

Here's an excerpt from a evaluation discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant observation on
political historical past and prosopography is furnished,
as a really worthwhile complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified perspective that the early heritage of Rome
is mythical at most sensible. substantial awareness 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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2 . et sedes: the sense is that they had lost their homes because they had been driven out of Paphlagonia and their leader because Pylaemenes had been killed. Pylaemene: cf. Iliad 2. 851, 5. 576. 1. 3 . Troia: so also Steph. Byz. v. Tpola. T h e same place-name is better attested on the coast of Latium ( 1 . 4 ; Gato fr. 4 ; Paulus Festus 504 L . H. 1. 53. 3 ; Servius, ad Aen. 5, 7. 158, 9. 47). An Etruscan oinochoe from Caere depicting a labyrinth has the inscription Truia and the very primitive military rite at R o m e was known as the lusus Troiae.

Kajanto, Arctos, 2 (1958), 5 5 - 6 3 ; A. D . Leeman, Helikon I. 28 fF. , Hecataeus, F. Gr. Hist. 1; Thucydides 1. 1; Ephorus, F. Gr. Hist. 70 F 7 - 9 ; Polybius 1. 1-5; Tacitus, Hist. 1. 1. The Reasons for Undertaking a Subject already treated by Many and Dis­ tinguished Authors 1. facturusne operae pretium sim: confirmed by Quintilian 9. 4. 74 who says that the corrupt order facturusne sim operae pretium, found in N , had already gained currency by his own day. T h e true order gives a dactylic opening (7".

10. 1, 23. 12. 15, 45. 33. 2 ; 23. 42. 4 si fas est dici) reflects the well-known liturgical formula by which the many names and appellations of a god are summarized (see Fraenkel on Aeschylus, Agamemnon 160). Thus although there was no actual cult of Aeneas at Rome there is no cause to doubt the text with SchadeL Aeneas was worshipped as a -fjpws in the Greek world, in Macedonia, Zacynthus, Ambracia, and Segesta, and the literary evidence for his worship by the river Numicius (Naevius ap. Macrobius, 6.

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