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An Italian people of Sabellian race, living on the high land in which Lake Fucinus is situated, and surrounded by the Apennines. Their chief town was Marruvium. Owing to their knowledge of herbs, which they used medicinally, they got a reputation for a skill in magic (Verg. Aen. vii. 750-758; Gell. xvi. 11), and were said to be descended from the enchantress Circé. In B.C. 304, the Marsi, Peligni, and others concluded a peace with Rome, but later took a prominent part in the Social War for the Roman franchise, which from their bravery is often called the Marsic War. In imperial times they furnished a valuable contingent to the Roman army (Hor. Carm. ii. 20, 18; iii. 5, 9).


A German people, dwelling by the Amisia (Ems). They were allied with the Cherusci.

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    • Vergil, Aeneid, 7.750
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