Titus Livius was born some years before the middle of the first century BCE, at the beginning of one of the most tumultuous periods of Roman history and, perhaps, the entire Mediterranean world, which through a series of civil wars eventually resulted in the end of the Roman Republic and the emergence of the so-called principate of Augustus. According to Saint Jerome, the precise year of his birth was 59 BCE (Hier. chron. p. 154, 18–19). Although Jerome might have been mistaken by five years, and Livy might have been born already in 64 BCE, most scholars nowadays consider the first date more plausible. In either case, Livy was still a boy on the verge of adulthood, when Caesar crossed the Rubicon in 49 BCE, defeated his …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Pausch, Dennis. "Livy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2015
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2762, accessed 28 September 2016.]