History of Rome


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History of Rome, also known as Ab Urbe Condita Libri, is a book by the ancient historian Livy, first written in Latin between 27 and 9 BC. The book is a monumental work, originally comprised of 142 'books'. However, some of the later books only remain in fragments. Books 1-5 cover the founding of Rome to its conquest by the Gauls in 390 BC. Books 6-10 cover the wars with the Aequi, Volsci, Etruscans, and Samnites. Books 11-20 cover the period from 292 to 218 BC, which includes the First Punic War. Books 21-30 cover the Second Punic War. Books 31-45 cover the Macedonian and other wars in the East. Books 46-70 cover the period of 167 to 91 BC. Books 71-90 cover the civil wars between Marius and Sulla. Books 91-108 go from 78 to 50 BC, and the end of the Gallic War. Books 109-116 cover the Civil War and the death of Julius Caesar. Books 117-133 cover the wars of the triumvirs and the death of Antonius. And Books 134-142 cover the period of the rule of Augustus up to the death of Drusus. Written in a mixture of chronology and narrative, Livy's work varies from mythical (or at least legendary) stories, to detailed accounts of real events.

This book has 922,288 words, and 1,401 pages in the PDF version. Books 1-8 were translated by Daniel Spillan (1853). Books 9-26 were translated by Daniel Spillan and Cyrus R. Edmonds (1868). Books 27-36 were translated by Cyrus R. Edmonds (1850). Books 37 to the end were translated by William Alexander McDevitte (1850).

Production notes: This ebook of History of Rome was published by Global Grey on the 3rd February 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Massacre of the Triumvirate' by an unknown artist.

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