T. Livii Patavini Historiarum Liber I. et Selecta Capita.
|Livii Patavini Historiarum Liber I. et Selecta Capita|
at the College of William & Mary.
|Published||: Moguntiae Gymn. Elect.|
Titus Livius (59 BCE–17 CE) was a Roman historian from Patavium, the wealthiest town in northern Italy. His original work "Books from the Foundation of the City" covered Roman history from the founding to 9 BCE in 142 books. Only 35 of those books still survive today. This book is the first in the surviving collection and outlines the mythical founding of Rome following the flight of Aeneas from Troy to the establishment of the first Republic. The book contains Livy's trademark oratorical style and embellishments. Far from making it a discreditable historical source, however, Livy's work gives deep insight into the founding myths espoused by his contemporaries. What he chooses to emphasize, represents the partisan interests of the original annalists he drew on as they were reflected in his contemporary era. 
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
- Seeley, J.R. (1881). Livy, Book I, with Introduction, Historical Examination and Notes (3rd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- Howard, Albert A. (1906). "Valerius Antias and Livy". Harvard studies in classical philology (Cambridge: Harvard University) 18: 161–182