The Early History of Rome

I finished this book which is a compilation of five of Livy’s books on Rome. Livy wrote 147 books. I’m content having read this one.

He’s surprisingly easy to read. His language, even in translation, has verve. I’ll definitely re-read this book later in life.


Some quick extracts from underlinings:

Human nature, Thucydides argued, is constant and hence predictable.

As Aristotle said, “Actions are signs of character.”

In the Preface he asserts that the present state of Rome was the direct consequence of the failure in moral character of the Roman.



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