Sunday, February 25, 2007

Open Thread

So what have you been reading? Have you liked it? I'm thinking this could be an online equivalent of running into your friends at the library. I sure would like to hear from you, even if you comment anonymously.

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1 comment:

Bill from Palm Bay FL said...

For the last year, I've been reading Livy's history of Rome, "Ab Urbe Condita." There are some fine English translations, either in the Everyman Library series or from Penguin Classics. Livy was writing in the days of the first Emperor, Augustus, but he had seen the fall of the Republic and his attachment to that form of government is a major theme of his writings. Although most of his massive work did not survive, the extant material is still quite impressive. His narrative of the foundation of the City, the evolution of the Republic after the overthrow of the monarchy, and of course, the Second Punic War and Hannibal's adventures stands up admirably even 2000 years after the writing. It's unfortunate that Livy's coverage of the fall of the Republic, Caesar's rise, and Augustus' reign did not survive, but one suspects that Livy's Republican sentiments were not to the liking of later Emperors.

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