Livy, Julius Obsequens, History of Rome, Volume XIV

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Foreword to Index

This is primarily an index of names. An effort has been made to include every occurrence of every proper name in the extant books of Livy, in the summaries of the lost books, in the fragments, and in the Liber Prodigiorum of Obsequens. In many cases, however, particularly with place names, large blocks of pages have been included under a single inclusive reference. On the other hand, many passages are cited where a person or place is referred to but not named. For example, Livy may recount a year’s campaign in Greece without the word ‘Greece’ appearing a single time; and more frequent are long passages where the minor characters are named, but the principal ones are referred to simply as ‘the consul’ and ‘the other consul.’ In addition, there are many articles dealing with political, social, religious, and military antiquities. These, however, do not pretend to be exhaustive.

Names of citizens are given in the fullest form known, whether or not Livy happens to use the cognomen or cognomina of the particular individual. The names in most cases have been taken from Broughton’s Magistrates of the Roman Republic. This work has been of the greatest value, particularly in dividing the careers of persons of like names. The alphabetizing of personal names is based first on the nomina, then the cognomina, and finally the praenomina. When these are all alike, the order is chronological. In addition, all cognomina are listed in their alphabetical places with cross references to the nomina with which they are found. Where a Roman is mentioned in an article not his own, the triple name is used. By exception, the nomina are omitted with the Cornelii Scipiones, the Quinctii Flaminini, and the Claudii Marcelli; and the chief figures of the last days of the Republic are usually called by the names in common use today (e.g., Sulla, Caesar). Philip and Antiochus without qualifying number or expression are always Philip V and Antiochus III.

Items dealing with a country or city and those dealing with its people are usually combined in a single article in a single