Livy on the Hannibalic War

Paperback | November 25, 2012

byLevene, D. S.

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Livy's account of the Hannibalic War in his Third Decade (Books 21-30) is our fullest source for one of the most crucial wars of all time; it is also a narrative history of unparalleled richness, drama, and depth. D. S. Levene's book, the first large-scale general study of Livy's Third Decade,explores the things that make it distinctive not only within Livy's writing, but also within all ancient historiography. Levene examines such topics as Livy's construction of his narrative, his source-material and use of literary allusion, his battle scenes, his sophisticated but ambivalentattitudes towards non-Romans, and above all his challenging and revolutionary treatment of such things as chronology, causation, and indeed human character.Livy portrays a world in which military calculation and human reason constantly fail, a world in which events occur beyond normal human comprehension, but where everything is governed by a hidden moral structure. Livy's unique and original approach to history has often been misunderstood; Levenedemonstrates the powerful and independent vision underlying the work, and compels readers to rethink many of our standard presuppositions about the nature of history-writing in the ancient world.

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Livy's account of the Hannibalic War in his Third Decade (Books 21-30) is our fullest source for one of the most crucial wars of all time; it is also a narrative history of unparalleled richness, drama, and depth. D. S. Levene's book, the first large-scale general study of Livy's Third Decade,explores the things that make it distinctiv...

D. S. Levene is Professor of Classics at New York University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pagesPublished:November 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198152965

ISBN - 13:9780198152965

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviations1. Narrative Organization2. Sources and Intertexts3. Persons and Peoples4. Winners and Losers5. CausationBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index

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Review from previous edition: "A detailed, learned and in some respects radical book ... [Levine] is excellent on challenging our modern expectations of reading and understanding a text such as Livy's ... and he convincingly shows a range of literary subtleties that often go unnoticed." --Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 13/05/2011