(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
(1939) 119-25; FA
10 (1955) 4385
(U. Ciotti); EAA
5 (1963) 544 (U. Ciotti).
L. RICHARDSON, JR.