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

3. C.ClaudiusApp. F. M. N. SABINUS REGILLENSIS, brother of the preceding (Dionys. A. R. 10.30 ; Liv. 3.35), was consul in B. C. 460, when Appius Herdonius seized the Capitol. After it had been recovered, we find him hindering the execution of the promise made by Valerius respecting the Terentilian law. (Liv. 3.15_21; Dionys. A. R. 10.9, 12-17.) Subsequently, he opposed the proposition to increase the number of the plebeian tribunes and the law de Aventino publicando. (Dionys. A. R. 10.30, 32.) He was an unsuccessful candidate for the dictatorship. (Liv. 3.35.) Though a staunch supporter of the aristocracy, he warned his brother against an immoderate use of his power. (Liv. 3.40; Dionys. A. R. 11.7-11.) His remonstrances being of no avail, he withdrew to Regillum, but returned to defend the decemvir Appius, when impeached. (Liv. 3.58.) Incensed at his death, he strove to revenge himself on the consuls Horatius and Valerius by opposing their application for leave to triumph. (Dionys. A. R. 11.49.) In 445 we find him strenuously opposing the law of Canuleius, and proposing to arm the consuls against the tribunes. (Liv. 4.6.) According to Dionysius, however (11.55, 56), he himself proposed the election of military tribunes with consular power from both plebeians and patricians.