Born: 59 BC
Born In: Padua, Italy
Titus Livius, better known simply as Livy, was a Roman historian known for authoring the monumental work, ‘Ab Urbe Condita Libri’ (Books from the Foundation of the City), in which he documented the history of Rome and Roman people spanning from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own lifetime. Along with Sallust and Tacitus, he is widely considered as one of three greatest Roman historians. Originally from the city of Patavium (modern-day Padua), Livy was a teenager during the 40s BCE, when a number of civil wars took place throughout the Roman world. As a result, Livy was probably bereft of higher education in Rome. He likely came to Rome in the 30s BCE, and while he spent a significant amount of time there in the ensuing years, it did not replace Patavium as his home. Livy developed good relationships with members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and was even a close friend of Augustus. He would later encourage future emperor Claudius to become a historian.