BiographyHe was born with Padoue into -59 and dies into 17, in his birthplace
Work historicalTite-Live wrote a Histoire of Rome since its foundation ( Ab Urbe condita libri , which literally means the books since the foundation of Rome ) which covered in 142 pounds the Roman history of the origins until the death of Drusus in -9. This work was organized in decades or groups of 10 books, but 35 pounds only arrived to us: books I to X and XXI with XLV. The others are known only by fragments or summaries called Epitome or Periochae . They give us an idea of the plan followed by Tite-Live and the way in which it had distributed the matter that it treated.
The books which remained relate to the history of the first centuries of Rome since its foundation until in 292 av. J. - C., the account of the Second Punic War and the conquest by the Roman weapons of the Gaulle cisalpine, of the Greece, the Macedonia, part of the Asia Mineure. The last significant event which is reported there is the triumph of Paul Emile with Pydna in -168.
Synopsis of the preserved books:
- delivers I: the royal period (753-509), with the arrival of Énée, the dynasty albaine, reigns of Romulus, Numa Pompilius, Tullus Hostilius, Ancus Marcius, Tarquin Old the, Servius Tullius and Tarquin Superb the
- books II-X: first centuries of the Republic (509-292), with the fight against Véies, the Gallic invasion of 390, exploits of Camille and the Wars samnites
- books XXI-XXX: the Second Punic War or War of Hannibal (218-202)
- books XXXI-XL: the Second War of Macedonia and the fight against Antiochos III (201-179)
- books XLI-XLV: the Third War of Macedonia or War against Persée (178-167)
In the foreword, it is known as “As for the accounts relating to the foundation of Rome or former to his foundation, I seek neither to give them for truths nor to contradict them: their approval must more with imagination of the poets than with serious of information”. It is critical with respect to the Roman decline and exalte the values which made the eternal Rome .
Tite-Live, although republican was helped in his work by the imperial family. Auguste had actually understood that this evocation of the important facts of Rome could serve its capacity. It is not only a question of raising “a monument with the glory of Rome” but especially of pointing out the seniority and continuity without fault of the history of the city. The History according to Tite-Live is not objective: she idealizes the great men and remains full with prevention with regard to the democrats.
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