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Relating to or denoting an ancient Oscan-speaking people of the central Apennines in Italy, northeast of Rome, who feature in early Roman legends and were incorporated into the Roman state in 290 BC.
- ‘After the death of Romulus, Numa, a Sabine leader, became king of Rome.’
- ‘Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born in ad 9 at Reate in Sabine country.’
- ‘He, no less than Romulus, seemed to have been provided for them by divine guidance; indeed, men who know Sabine history best declare that he was born on the same day that Rome was founded.’
- ‘A novus homo (roughly, the first man in his family to become a senator and/or consul), he was born at Tusculum, but spent much of his childhood in the Sabine country, where his family owned land.’
A member of the Sabines.
- ‘The city of Rome gradually gained power from the time of the Tarquins, subduing the Etruscans, Sabines, Samnites, and Greek settlers, and by the mid-3rd century BC, controlled Italy.’
- ‘When the Sabines later attacked Rome, the women ran onto the battlefield and secured peace between their fathers and husbands.’
- ‘With this new strength, the Romans defeated the Sabines, and began to recover their confidence after their late humiliation.’
- ‘‘Hersilia and the Sabine Women: Piece Making,’ for example, examines cassone panels depicting the conflict between the Romans and the Sabines.’
From Latin Sabinus.
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