Titus Livius

[Livy]

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Titus Livius Patavinus (59 BC – AD 17)—known as Livy in English—was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people. Ab Urbe Condita Libri, "Books from the Foundation of the City," covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome well before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own time. He was on familiar terms with the ... more »

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  • ''Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, VIII, 31.
  • ''Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 25.
  • ''Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, III, 68.
  • ''There is always more spirit in attack than in defense.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 44.
  • ''I approach these questions unwillingly, as it wounds, but no cure can be effected without touching upon and handling them.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 27.
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