Major Issues in Livy’s history



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Livy Book II
Major Issues in Livy’s history:

Decline(?)

The Rise of Rome

Proper Rule

Libertas/Liberty
The Transition to the consuls and the role of the senate (Aristocratic Republic). The beginnings of Republican government. Book II.
The Rise of Rome


  1. Senate; senators, knights or equites

  2. Consul

  3. Fasces or rods; lictors

  4. Imperium: ‘Rule’ and ‘Empire’

  5. Tribune, Tribune of the Plebs or People’s Tribune

  6. Patricians and Plebs

  7. Continued fighting with neighbors on the Italian mainland


The continued importance of exemplarity in book II.

  1. Horatius Cocles

  2. G. Mucius “Scaevola”

  3. Cloelia

  4. Coriolanus

  5. The Fabii (cf. the Horatii from Book I)


Discord between the patricians and the plebs

Secession of the Plebs



Tribune of the People, tribunus plebis

Inviolability, sacrosanctitas


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