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Fabius
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Roman patrician family name, probably derived from Etruscan fapi [1. 162]. According to ancient etymology, however, either from faba ‘(broad)bean’ (‘legume grower’: Plin. HN 18,10; [2]) or from the original ‘Fodius’, ‘Fovius’ (‘wolf pit hunter’: Plut. Fabius 1,2; Fest. 77 L.) because the Fabii with the Quinctii originally appointed the priesthood of the Luperci; the  Lupercalia were also the family celebration of the Fabii (Ov. Fast. 193ff.). Early Imperial pseudogenealogy, which …

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Dorandi, Tiziano (Paris), Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne), Scholz, Udo W. (Würzburg), Eck, Werner (Cologne) and Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main), “Fabius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e408370>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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