Ab Urbe Condita (book)  

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Ab urbe condita libri, often shortened to just Ab urbe condita, is a monumental history of ancient Rome written some time between 27 and 25 BC in Latin by Titus Livius, an ancient Roman historian. The work covers the time from the stories of Aeneas, the earliest legendary period from before the city's founding in c. 753 BC, to Livy's own times in the reign of the emperor Augustus. The Latin title can be literally translated as "Books since the city's founding". Less literally it is referred to in English as History of Rome. The last year covered by Livy is 745 AUC, or 9 BC, the death of Drusus. About 25% of the work survives.

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