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.


. 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 political opponents at Pharsalos in the following year, and was…

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Citation: Pausch, Dennis. "Livy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2762, accessed 29 February 2024.]

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