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Old August 31st, 2012, 06:14 AM   #1
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Question Word for word translation of Livy's description of triplex acies


I've seen many visualizations of the triplex acies and its relief system, problem is that they all seem over-engineered (had to be performed by acrobats ) compared to the simple quotes used as source for the theories.
I have always had a much simpler vision and would for curiosity's sake like to know how much it deviates from Livy's wording. Do anyone possess a link to Livy's description translated word for word to English/German/French/Danish?
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I only have a Dutch translation. And I fear that I am too lazy to look up the Latin version and try to make one myself. And even then, my Latin probably isn't good enough to be really accurate.

But you might want to look for a Loeb translation. Quite a few of them are old enough to be found online. And it might be possible to dig up the Latin online as well.
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Livy never served in the military and likely never saw a legion in action. He also never held public office so had no access to official documents. In addition, he specifically tells us that he is more interested in exploring personalities and motivations rather than accurately recording history. Any military details described by Livy should not be taken seriously unless they can be corroborated with another source.

FWIW Loeb translations are notoriously unreliable. They are not suitable for discussions about technical details. The only feasible option is to find the passage you want in an English version, then find the same passage in the original language, and translate it yourself. When translating it is often best to leave any technical term in the original language because they often can't be precisely interpreted.

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