I have only scratched on Livy: Reconstructing Early Rome, by Gary Miles, and will report at a later point.
However, he closes his final chapter, "Conclusion," with the following:
"The specific ideas found in his narrative.are the product of a unique mind.they are manifest in the unique ways in which Hellenistic concepts and Roman traditions are adapted to each other, but also in formulations that are sometimes tentative, guarded, and occasionally inconsistent. Together, they contribute to a narrative that is many-layered, complex, subtle, often original, and genuinely illuminating."
Here is a Bryn Mawr review: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/1996/96.07.06.html.
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