The beginnings of the republic from 509 to 390 BC

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This essay is a brief overview of major episodes described in Books 2-5 of Livy and evaluates their historicity by employing critical historical analysis. It generally adopts the perspective and conclusions already reached by the author in his more detailed scholarly writings, which view the Roman traditions concerning events of the fifth century in a highly critical light. Nevertheless, despite the essay’s summary nature, the author has taken this opportunity to express some hitherto unpublished ideas in reference to Book 4, the most neglected book of Livy’s First Pentad.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Livy
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118338933
ISBN (Print)9781118301289
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Camillus
  • Cincinnatus
  • Coriolanus
  • Cossus
  • Cremera
  • Decemvirs
  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus
  • Fidenae
  • Horatius Cocles
  • Mucius Scaevola
  • Pontifical chronicle
  • Porsenna
  • Spurius Cassius
  • Spurius Maelius
  • Struggle of the orders
  • Twelve Tables
  • Veii


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