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Sabi'nus, Fla'vius

1. T. Flavius Sabinus, the father of the emperor Vespasian, was himself the son of T. Flavius Petro, who had served as a centurion in the army of Pompey at Pharsalia. Sabinus had been one of the farmers of the tax of the quadragesima in Asia, which he collected with so much fairness that many cities erected statues to his honour with the inscription καλῶς τελωνήσαντι. He afterwards carried on business as a money-lender among the Helvetians, and died in their country, leaving two sons, Sabinus and Vespasian, afterwards emperor. (Suet. Vespo. 1.)

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