Excerpt from Livy: Book Vi, With Introduction and Notes Livy opens this book with a cheering promise that the subsequent history is to be more trustworthy than the preceding. He soon however belies his promise. The main facts of the history of these years may perhaps be extracted from the statements of Annalists and family historians out of which Livy has woven his dramatic narrative. But as regards anything like accuracy of detail it is perfectly true, as Dr Arld said, that ' period of Roman history since the first institution of the tribunes of the Commons is really more obscure than the thirty years immediately following the retreat of the Gauls.' We find all the same exaggerations, inconsistencies, repetitions and even falsifications, that we find in the previous books. It may be useful to briefly consider Livy's history of this period under three heads, (1) the foreign wars, (2) the story of M. Manlius, (3) the civil agitations terminating in the passing of the Licinian Rogations. The Foreign Wars. The hero of these is Camillus, who wins marvellous victories with marvellous rapidity over enemies already completely subdued, whose destroyed armies are reproduced for his glory and the glory of Rome in a way that caused even Livy some uneasiness (c. 12 2). To particularise, we find in cc. 2 and 3 an account of three brilliant victories won by Camillus. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.