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Stories From Livy   By: (1829-1912)

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Stories From Livy by Alfred John Church is a compelling and well-crafted collection of tales from ancient Rome. Drawing from the writings of the renowned historian and philosopher Livy, Church skillfully presents a selection of stories that capture the essence of Roman history, culture, and mythology.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is the author's ability to bring these ancient stories to life, making them accessible and engaging for readers of all ages. Church's writing style is clear and fluid, effectively conveying the dramatic events and captivating characters that populate these narratives. From the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus to the mythical adventures of Aeneas, each story is meticulously curated and presented with a vividness that is sure to captivate the imagination of readers.

Another standout feature of Stories From Livy is Church's attention to historical accuracy and contextual detail. By incorporating Livy's meticulous accounts, the author provides readers with not only entertaining stories but also a deeper understanding of the political, social, and cultural climate of ancient Rome. This historical richness allows readers to appreciate the significance of each tale and enhances the overall reading experience.

Furthermore, Church's skillful storytelling is complemented by a thoughtful selection of tales that cover a wide range of themes. From epic battles and heroic feats to political intrigue and personal struggles, each story offers a unique perspective on Rome's past. This variety ensures that readers remain fully engaged throughout the book, never growing bored or overwhelmed by repetitive content.

In addition to its literary merits, Stories From Livy also serves as an educational resource. While the book is primarily aimed at a general audience, it can undoubtedly be used as an engaging tool for teaching and learning about Roman history. The author's inclusion of a helpful introduction, detailed footnotes, and illustrations further enhances the educational value of this book.

Overall, Stories From Livy by Alfred John Church is a delightful and informative exploration of ancient Rome. With its well-crafted narratives, historical accuracy, and engaging storytelling, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in Roman history and mythology. Whether you are a seasoned reader or new to this subject, Church's collection of stories will undoubtedly transport you to a fascinating world of ancient Rome's triumphs and tribulations.

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By The Rev. Alfred Church, M.A.

Professor of Latin in University College, London

With Illustrations From Designs By Pinelli.

Scribner And Welford


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I had wished to say a few words as to the great difficulty of transforming Livy's ornate diction into the simple style I have hitherto adopted; but a stroke of illness has prevented my being able even to correct the proofs a work which has been carried out for me by my kind friend, C. Simmons, Esq., of Balliol College, Oxford.

Pymlico, Hadley,

October 2, 1882.



├ćneas of Troy, coming to the land of Italy, took to wife Lavinia, daughter of King Latinus, and built him a city, which he called Lavinium, after the name of his wife. And, after thirty years, his son Ascanius went forth from Lavinium with much people, and built him a new city, which he called Alba. In this city reigned kings of the house and lineage of ├ćneas for twelve generations. Of these kings the eleventh in descent was one Procas, who, having two sons, Numitor and Amulius, left his kingdom, according to the custom, to Numitor, the elder... Continue reading book >>

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