A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

2. APP.CLAUDIUSAPP. F. M. N. SABINUS REGILLENSIS, son of the preceding, was a candidate for the consulship in B. C. 482, but, through the opposition of the tribunes, did not succeed. (Dionys. A. R. 8.90.) In 471 he was made consul by the patricians to oppose the Publilian rogations. He was baffled in his violent attempt to do so, and strove to revenge himself on the plebeians by his severity when commanding against the Aequians and Volscians. The soldiers became discontented and disobedient, and, when the enemy attacked them, threw away their arms and fled. For this he punished them with extreme severity. The next year he violently opposed the execution of the agrarian law of Sp. Cassius, and was brought to trial by two of the tribunes. According to the common story, he killed himself before the trial. (Liv. 2.56-61; Dionys. A. R. 9.43-45, 48-54; Niebuhr, vol. ii. pp. 186, 219-228.)