Talk:Titus Flavius Sabinus (consul AD 52)

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Arrecina Clementina[edit]

Settapani's conjecure of an Arrecina Clementina being his wife is just that. Others conjecture his wife's name as Plautia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.180.36.194 (talk) 22:08, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

I had no idea where this came from. When revising this article (while working on the article on the Flavia gens) I followed the extensive biography in the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. But there was already a page here, and it must have contained the information about his supposed wife and conversion to Christianity. I'm very suspicious of Settipani and like sources myself, but there are editors out there who swear by him. It shouldn't be any trouble to label this part as speculation. The children and other information are corroborated by reliable sources; it's just the wife and conversion that seem dubious. P Aculeius (talk) 02:15, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Consul[edit]

Flavius Clemens was 47 consul, not 52. see Tortoriello: I fasti consolari degli anni di Claudio --Μίκυθος (talk) 07:49, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Not having that source to consult, I'll have to take your word for it. Sabinus' biography in the DGRBM says that after fighting under Plautius in Britain in 45, he remained there for seven years; the date of his consulship isn't given. But in the chronology of Roman history, in the back of volume III, Sabinus is listed as consul ex kal. Nov. in AD 52, which corresponds with the statement that he remained in Britain for seven years. I've looked for any ancient source that would corroborate either year, but so far I've had no luck. Evidently consules suffecti at this time weren't particularly noteworthy in and of themselves; several sources discuss Sabinus' conduct later, in the year of his death, but none of them seem to mention that he had been consul at all.
Do you suppose we can find an ancient source (even an inscription) that would clearly identify the year? Even if only by giving the context (such as his colleagues, predecessors, or successors in office, or events occurring that year), it would be an important clue. P Aculeius (talk) 13:22, 20 June 2014 (UTC)