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  • n. A native or inhabitant of ancient Samnium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Samnium, a country of ancient Italy.
  • n. A native of Samnium.
  • n. In Roman antiquity, one of a class of gladiators, so called because they were armed like the natives of Samnium. They were distinguished especially by bearing the oblong shield, or scutum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania who clashed repeatedly with the early Romans


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  • He seemed to think he was some kind of Samnite king.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • When Appius Claudius the Blind inaugurated the temple to get Bellona on his side during the Etruscan and Samnite wars, he put a statue of her in the building; both were handsome and well kept up, painted in vivid colors regularly revitalized.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • We crossed back over the Apennines, back into Samnite country.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Some men wanted to go back to the mountains, to Samnite territory, but we already knew the towns there wouldn't support us.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • See, Trebatius wanted to revive the old Samnite wars with Rome, and he had Spartacus convinced these towns might join us.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Crixus Oh, you couldn't get Trebatius to stop talking about the Samnite wars with Rome, and especially Sulla.

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  • Varro There was a Samnite commander named Trebatius during the Social War.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Then to a Samnite who was staggering like a wounded heron:


  • And from the bottom of the hall, full of a whitish vapour on which the torches cast red spots, three Barbarians were thrust forward: a Samnite, a Spartan, and a Cappadocian.


  • The Samnite with bent hams swept his axe alternately to the right and left, at the same time warning Matho of the blows that were being aimed at him.



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