Very little is known about Livy's private life, although his lifespan was very nearly contemporaneous with Augustus Caesar. He was therefore a boy during the age of Julius Caesar, and a young man during the civil wars following his assassination. He resided in Padua, a Roman city in Cisalpine Gaul, and though he was known and respected by Augustus, he was not a member of the inner circle of Maecenas. Livy was also acquainted with Claudius in his younger days and encouraged him to write his own histories. Livy published the first five books of History of Rome From Its Foundation, in 26 B.C. and worked continuously on his masterwork, publishing a few chapters each year until his death over forty years later.
|Published the first five books of History of Rome From Its Foundation.|
|Continued to publish about 3 books per year for subsequent 40 years.|
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|First emperor. Reigned for over fifty years. Established the Imperial system.|
|Fourth emperor. Manipulated by wicked wives, Messalina and Agrippina.|
|Great epic poet of the Augustan age. Wrote The Aeneid.|