Sep 11 2014

Rome and Italy by Livy

Mostly this is a record of Rome’s interminable wars with the Samnites. War is hardly a trivial event, but Rome fought so many wars during this period that reading about one battle after another becomes wearying. The most interesting and unusual thing that happened during this period was that a Vestal Virgin violated her vow of chastity and was buried alive as a punishment. Other than that and a few plagues, this was mostly an endless catalogue of battles and was rather boring.

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