A Commentary on Livy, Books XXXLV-XXXVII

A Commentary on Livy, Books XXXLV-XXXVII

A Commentary on Livy, Books XXXLV-XXXVII

A Commentary on Livy, Books XXXLV-XXXVII

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"An absolutely essential tool for any serious study of Livy, and it belongs in every classical collection on the collegiate or graduate level....the standard companion to Livy."--Choice
"An absolutely essential tool for any serious study of Livy, and it belongs in every classical collection on the collegiate or graduate level....the standard companion to Livy."--Choice

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The present volume follows the format of my commentary on books xxxi-xxxiii. There is, however, rather more linguistic and textual discussion, for which two separate factors are responsible. Firstly, there is no reliable critical edition of the second half of the fourth decade: I had therefore to make my own collation of the principal manuscripts for books xxxvi and xxxvii and have also checked McDonald's reports for books xxxiv and xxxv. As a result I have learned a good deal more about the evidence for the text of the fourth decade. Secondly, during the writing of this book I have enjoyed the company of Dr. J. N. Adams and Professor H. D. Jocelyn as colleagues in Manchester. I have learned a lot of Latin from them and have become far more aware of linguistic and stylistic issues. I fear, though, that they will still find much in the book that they will label as 'subjective criticism' and will, oddly, ascribe this to the continuing influence of my first University.

In the preface to the previous volume I felt obliged to apologize for the second-hand nature of my comments on Greek topography. On this occasion I have been able to visit most of the sites in Greece and Turkey mentioned by Livy and though there are few places where I can claim to have added to previous discussions, I hope that I am now writing with a proper appreciation of the terrain over which the campaigns described in these books took place.

I am once again most grateful to Professor R. G. M. Nisbet for giving me his opinion on a large number of textual and linguistic points. I must also thank Mr. W. C. Brice for helping me with the maps and Dr. P. S. Derow, Professor W. G. Forrest, Dr. E. B. French, Dr. A. H. Jackson, Dr. R. J. Ling, Dr. M. J. Price, and Mr. N. G. Wilson for advice on various matters. Professor A. E. Astin very kindly allowed me to see the proofs of his Cato the Censor in advance of publication and Professor F. W. Walbank did the same for his commentary on books xx and xxi of Polybius.

The collation of the manuscripts and my travels in Greece and Turkey were made possible by two generous grants from . . .

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