By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has develop into the normal remark for the 1st five books of Livy. it's a laugh to learn a few of the modern reviews--none of that have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as the same sized observation on all extant books of Livy may run over 7000 pages. The longest evaluation i may locate, years after ebook, basically criticized the particularly brief advent, and frankly had no longer seemed a lot additional on the observation itself!
Here's an excerpt from a assessment discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant statement on
political background and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly priceless complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified angle that the early historical past of Rome
is mythical at top. substantial realization 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 by way of: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)
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