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LIMA, Marinalva Vilar de  and  CORDAO, Michelly Pereira de Sousa. History and good citizenship in Livian Rome. História [online]. 2009, vol.28, n.2, pp.605-620. ISSN 1980-4369.

This article focuses on the way in which Titus Livius (1BC - 1AD) presented politics, good citizenship and everyday life in his Ab urbe condita libri, through an analysis of the social representations that he constructed. It argues the conception of history as a mimesis of a past offered by Livid in the beginnings of the Empire. It presents Livid as a constructor of a memory of the Roman society that modified the times of royalty and of the Roman republic. The emphasis given by Livius to some of these practices (ceremonies and religious beliefs, funeral rites, family relations, social values, power disputes etc.) resulted in our understanding that politics constituted the line of thinking in his writing. It can be assessed that Livius includes civic or public practices exercised by cives in the space of the urbs respecting the values of the civitas.

Keywords : Latin historiography; Titus Livius; History; Exemplum.

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