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NURSIA (Norcia) Umbria, Italy.

The northernmost town of the Sabines, on the upper Nar system; it first appears in history in 205 B.C. when it furnished volunteers for Scipio (Livy 28.45.19). The birthplace of Sertorius and of Vespasia Polla, mother of Vespasian, it was a municipium at the time of the social war but did not become a colonia. It was famous for the rigors of its climate and its turnips. Ancient remains are scant.


E. C. Evans, The Cults of the Sabine Territory, PAAR (1939) 119-25; FA 10 (1955) 4385 (U. Ciotti); EAA 5 (1963) 544 (U. Ciotti).


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    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 28, 45.19
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