Reading Guide for Livy pp.
Romulus vs. Remus
Why is this story important to the Romans?
The rape of
the Sabine women is often depicted in Roman poetry as an almost
comic event. How does Livy tell the story here?
How does Romulus die?
What kind of religious and cultural reforms did Numa's reign as king
establish? How did they strengthen the state? What makes a good
ruler? What does Livy think of foreign customs?
What does the story of Horatius's sister tell us about loyalty
to the community versus loyalty to family? What happens to Horatius
after he kills his sister?
What does the story of Servius Tullius and Tarquin tell you about Roman
values? What does Tullia do when she sees Servius Tullius'
Why does she commit suicide?
What does the story of Lucretia tell us about private vs. public life
in ancient Rome?
How does her death cause the start of the Roman republic?
What role does the Capitoline hill (also called the Capitol and the
citadel in your reading) play in Roman history? When (under what
conditions) and where (in speeches, as part of the narrative, etc.)
does Livy mention the site? How does the physical topography of
Rome serve as an advantage to the Romans?
Patricians and Plebeians
What is the relationship between the patricians and the
plebeians in the early Republic?
Who was Coriolanus and why did he end his days exiled from Rome?
Horatius, Mucius Scaevola,
What is a hero in ancient Rome? Do female heroes differ from male