Livius is the nomen of an individual male of the Livia gens, a family of ancient Rome. Collectively they were termed the Livii (plural form). Any individual female was called Livia. Both male and female names might be qualified by one or more agnomina. Males in addition had a praenomen. The family preferred Marcus, Gaius, Lucius or Titus.

The Livii are known mainly from the Roman Republic. However, they must be much older as they descended into five branches designated by five agnomina: Denter, Drusus, Libo, Macatus and Salinator. The most famous were the Livii Drusi, who rose to imperial rank. Smith says (citing Suetonius) that the family was of plebeian origin, but was of great prominence in the Roman Republic, having been honoured with "eight consulships, two censorships, three triumphs, a dictatorship and a mastership of the horse."

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    The troubles which have come upon us always seem more serious than those which are only threatening.
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    We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them.
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