Sabellians is a collective ethnonym for a group of Italic peoples or tribes inhabiting central and southern Italy at the time of the rise of Rome. The name was first applied by Niebuhr[1] and encompassed the Sabines, Marsi, Marrucini and Vestini. Pliny in one passage says the Samnites were also called Sabelli,[2] and this is confirmed by Strabo.[3] The term Sabellus is found also in Livy and other Latin writers, as an adjective form for Samnite, though never for the name of the nation;[4] but it is frequently also used, especially by the poets, simply as an equivalent for the adjective Sabine.[5]

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  1. vol. i. p. 91; William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, "Sabini".
  2. Plin. H.N., iii. 12. §. 17
  3. Strabo, volume v.
  4. Liv. viii. 1, x. 19
  5. Virg. G. ii. 167, Aen. vii. 665; Hor. Carm. iii. 6. 37; Juv. iii. 169.

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ca:Samnita de:Samniten es:Samnitas eo:Samnitoj fr:Samnites it:Sanniti he:סאמניטים ka:სამნიტები lt:Samnitai nl:Samnieten pl:Samnici pt:Samnitas ru:Самниты sr:Самнити sh:Samniti fi:Samnilaiset uk:Самніти zh:萨姆奈特人

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