Livy: Reconstructing Early Rome

Livy: Reconstructing Early Rome

by Gary B. Miles
     
 

ISBN-10: 080148426X

ISBN-13: 9780801484261

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Some critcs of the Roman historian Livy (59 BC - AD 17) have dismissed his work as a compendium of stale narratives and conventioanl attitudes. In this book Miles attempts to reveal in Livy's history a creative interplay between traditional stories, contemporary ideological assumptions, and the historian's own perspective from the margins of Roman aristocracy. Drawing…  See more details below

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Some critcs of the Roman historian Livy (59 BC - AD 17) have dismissed his work as a compendium of stale narratives and conventioanl attitudes. In this book Miles attempts to reveal in Livy's history a creative interplay between traditional stories, contemporary ideological assumptions, and the historian's own perspective from the margins of Roman aristocracy. Drawing on a range of critical approaches, Miles considers Livy's stance as a historian, the ways in which he reworked his sources, and his interpretation of such historical phenomena as recurrence, continuity, and change. He focuses on the foundation stories with which Livy begins his history, paying particular attention to the stories of the abduction of the Sabine women and of Romulus and Remus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801484261
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1History and Memory in Livy's Narrative8
2The Cycle of Roman History in Livy's First Pentad75
3Maiores, Conditores, and Livy's Perspective on the Past110
4Foundation and Ideology in Livy's Narrative of Romulus and Remus137
5The First Roman Marriage and the Theft of the Sabine Women179
Conclusion220
Works Cited227
Index of Ancient Passages Cited239
General Index247

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