Livy came from a wealthy family. The exact date of birth is unknown. Childhood and adolescence Libya coincided with the time of rapid advancement to power and were marked by his Gallic campaigns and the ensuing civil war, which ended the establishment of the empire under the reign of Augustus.
Livy stood apart from the tumultuous events of the era, preferring a secluded life learned man. In a fairly early period of his life he moved to Rome Livy, as there were springs, without which it was impossible to study the history. About privacy Libya we know very little. It is known that he led occupations of the future emperor Claudius. Of great importance in the life of Libya occupied by his friendship with the Emperor Augustus.
In his youth, Livy wrote philosophical dialogues that have not survived, but about 26 BC undertook major work of his life, the history of Rome. Livy worked on it until his death and managed to bring the statement to the death of Drusus (9 BC). This huge work consisted of 142 books by modern standards — 15-20 volumes of medium size. In the surviving books placed about 40 speeches and semi-legendary historical figures.
According mindset Livy was prone to romanticism, and therefore, in the preface to the History, he said the goal of the historian is to promote morality.
By the old folk legends of Rome, "belonging to the realm of poetry rather than history" — as he rightly pointed Livy, he treated with skepticism love.
He recounts these stories often very sturdy, and offers the reader to decide whether or not to believe them. As for the facts of the case, to rely on it is not always possible. Livy does not take into account some important sources, it is very weak understanding of the functioning of the state mechanism, a military affairs.
Died Livy on January 2 '17.