(active around 1450 in Florence)

Livius Codex

Manuscript (Cod. Lat. 15731)
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

Titus Livius Patavinus (59 BC-AD 17) - known as Livy in English - was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people. His work "Ab Urbe Condita Libri" (Books from the Foundation of the City) covers the period from the earliest legends of Rome well before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own time.

The present codex contains Livy's work. The illuminations on the title page, shown here, refer to events mentioned in the book. The first initial F depicts the marriage of Aeneas with Lavinia, daughter of King Latinus. At the bottom left of the page Rhea Sylvia and Mars, at the right Romulus and Remus with the wolf can be seen.

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