"People have it in their minds that he would have been a match for Alexander, had Alexander turned his arms on Europe."
Here is a superb new translation of Books 6 to 10 of Livy's monumental history of Rome, covering the period when Rome, in a series of ever greater wars, imposed mastery over virtually the entire Italian peninsula.
Livy paints vivid portraits of all the notable figures, such as young Manlius Torquatus, victor in a David-versus-Goliath duel with a Gallic chieftain, and Appius Claudius who built Rome's first major highway, the Appian Way. Livy's blend of factual narrative and imaginative recreation brings to life a key moment in the rise of Rome, and the one complete account we have, as the city passes from the mists of legend into the light of history.
J. C. Yardley's translation gives a vivid sense of the energy, variety, and literary skill of Livy's great work. Dexter Hoyos's Introduction sets Livy in the context of Roman historiography and deftly explains why this period was so critical an era for the rise of Rome. The most up-to-date edition, drawing on the latest scholarship, this major work of Roman literature and history includes comprehensive notes that clarify problems of historical content, topography, and chronology, a detailed glossary of Roman technical terms, an appendix on the Roman legion of the time, and two maps.
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J. C. Yardley has translated Livy's The Dawn of the Roman Empire and Hannibal's War for Oxford World's Classics, as well as Tacitus' Annals. He has translated Quintus Curtius' History of Alexander for Penguin (1984).
Dexter Hoyos wrote the introduction and notes to accompany J. C. Yardley's translation of Livy's Hannibal's War for Oxford World's Classics. He has published widely on Latin teaching and aspects of Roman and Carthaginian history. His books include The Carthaginians (Routledge, 2010), and A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell, 2011).