n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - A remarkable pattern in Livy 21 - 45

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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It is shown that in Livy's books 21-45 there exists a nearly perfect pattern regarding the beginnings and endings of books: the first books of decades are introduced by preambles; of the remaining books, with one exception, only the second, sixth, and tenth of each decade begin with new consular years, while elsewhere year-reports run over from one book into the next. The result is a curious 'grouping' of books in a 1+4+4+1 pattern. It is suggested that this was in some way meant to underscore the decadic compositional framework of Livy's huge œuvre, but that it also shows up its original publication by pentads.

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