A Commentary on Livy, Books VI-X, Volume 4: Book 10

October 31, 2020
A Commentary on Livy, Books VI-X, Volume 4: Book 10

First published 2005First published in paperback 2007Livy's tenth book, an exciting climax to his first decade,narrates two political advances of 300 BC, the Lex Valeria deprovocatione and the opening up of major priesthoods to plebeians;it also tells of the Spartan Cleonymus' landfall at the site thatlong afterwards would be Venice. Its main topic, however, is Romanwarfare, above all the outbreak of the Third Samnite War and thedecisive battle of Sentium in 295 BC. This new commentary, whichcompletesProfessor Oakley's exposition of Books VI-X, dealscomprehensively with all aspects of Livy's work, including theliterary structure of his narrative, the historical andtopographical problems of the Samnite Wars, the poetical andarchaic language sometimes affected by Livy, and the numeroustextual problemsposed by the extant manuscripts. An extensive section of addendaand corrigenda contains revisions to the preceding volumes.