Ancient History & Civilisation

Livy IV: History of Rome, Books 26-32

Livy IV: History of Rome, Books 26-32

Livy (Titus Livius), the great Roman historian, was born at or near Patavium (Padua) in 64 or 59 BCE; he may have lived mostly in Rome but died at Patavium, in 12 or 17 CE.

Livy's only extant work is part of his history of Rome from the foundation of the city to 9 BCE. Of its 142 books, we have just 35, and short summaries of all the rest except two. The whole work was, long after his death, divided into Decades or series of ten. Books 1–10 we have entire; books 11–20 are lost; books 21–45 are entire, except parts of 41 and 43–45. Of the rest only fragments and the summaries remain. In splendid style Livy, a man of wide sympathies and proud of Rome's past, presented an uncritical but clear and living narrative of the rise of Rome to greatness.

Book 26. The Fate of Capua

Book 27. Scipio in Spain

Book 28. The Final Conquest of Spain

Book 29. Scipio in Africa

Book 30. Close of the Hannibalic War

Book 31. Rome and Macedon

Book 32. The Second Macedonian War