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267-Essay 1 - Joe Pucci History 2670 Essay #1 TA: Michael...

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Joe Pucci History 2670 Essay #1 TA: Michael Dybicz Livy and his Early History of Rome The complete history of Rome is one of the greatest histories of any civilization on record . For the majority of its history, there were several authors providing various accounts of what occurred throughout the history . This is certainly not the case for the early history of Rome, which spanned roughly from 750 to 300 BCE . The best account of this period in the history of Rome is provided by Titus Livius, who is more commonly referred to as Livy . His work portrays the sense of pride bordering on pomposity that Romans had about their great nation-state . Nonetheless, Livy’s work, both directly and indirectly, speaks to the importance of documenting historical evidence, as it clearly provides a framework for both the understanding of the past and how to shape future decisions . There is no choice but to refer to Livy’s work as an extremely significant account of the events of the early history of Rome . To understand the significance of Livy’s history, one must understand his intentions in writing it . Livy was writing his history in the last century BCE, a time of turmoil in the great empire . Livy was a firm believer in a simpler Rome, not one infatuated with the splendor of great wealth and expansion . This belief was the basis of his intention of writing his particular history . Furthermore, Livy had a clear understanding of what history means . Livy states: “The study of history is the best medicine for the sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of
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human experience plainly set out for all to see: and in that record you can find yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid .” (Livy, 1.1) Livy’s inspiration and understanding provide a very good reason why Livy’s account is historically significant . Livy is not writing his history to glorify the path Rome took to arrive at its present day in the last
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2009 for the course HIST 2670 taught by Professor Rebillard,e during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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