Livy's Exemplary History
By (author) Jane D. Chaplin
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Livy's Exemplary History by Jane D. Chaplin
Book DescriptionThe idea that it is possible to learn from history is fascinating, but also complex. What exactly can you learn from the past? Does it repeat itself? If it does, how can you prevent repetition of evil and ensure repetition of good? Livy's History of Rome is all about people learning or failing to learn from the past, so in many ways his work is an extended exploration of this problem. In this book Dr Chaplin starts from Livy's programmatic claim that history offers examples of good and bad conduct. Where previous studies have focused on the meaning of exemplary episodes and characters in isolation, this treatment traces the way historical figures try to interpret the past to their advantage. In doing so, the book demonstrates Livy's awareness of the shifting relevance of history and argues that a narrative organized around exempla allowed Livy, poised between the collapse of the Republic and the foundation of the Empire, to make the Romans' past meaningful for their future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198152743
(224mm x 146mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Rome's Mediterranean Empire, Paperback (August 2009)
The Third Macedonian War ended the kingdom created by Philip II and Alexander the Great and was a crucial step in Rome's dominance of the Mediterranean. Livy's narrative is also a moral study of the individuals involved. This edition includes the Periochae, later summaries of Livy's original 142-book history.
Livy, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by Jane D. Chaplin
Eighteen important recent essays on the work of Livy, which together present a picture of this creative and acutely observant historian writing during the Augustan principate. An Introduction summarizes previous scholarship and contextualizes each essay; and each is followed by an addendum and suggestions for further reading.
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