Titus Flavius Sabinus (consul AD 52)
Sabinus was born in Reate. He is first mentioned in the reign of Claudius, in AD 45, when he served as a legate under Aulus Plautius in Britain, along with his brother, Vespasian. He afterwards governed Moesia for seven years. Sabinus was consul suffectus ex. Kal. Nov. in AD 52, and was praefectus urbi for the last eleven years of Nero's reign. Evidently removed from this position on the accession of Galba in AD 68, the historian Tacitus states that Sabinus was reinstated soon after Otho seized power in January 69.
Sabinus was an important supporter of his brother; when Vespasian found himself in financial difficulties while governor of Africa, Sabinus lent him the money to continue, and while Vespasian was governor of Judaea Sabinus was a vital source of information on events in Rome. After the death of Otho, Sabinus directed the city cohorts to swear allegiance to Vitellius, evidently an attempt to preclude further bloodshed. At the same time, the consul Titus Flavius Sabinus, probably Sabinus' nephew, directed his troops in northern Italy to submit to the generals of Vitellius. Sabinus continued to retain the dignity of praefectus urbi under Vitellius.
Soon afterward, the legions in the East declared for Vespasian, who then advanced toward Rome, supported by Marcus Antonius Primus. After Vitellius' troops were defeated, the emperor, despairing of success, offered to surrender the empire into the hands of Sabinus, until his brother arrived. However, Vitellius' German soldiers refused this arrangement, and Sabinus was besieged in the capitol, together with his family. The capitol was burnt by Vitellius' forces, and in the confusion Sabinus' family made their escape, but Sabinus himself was captured and dragged before the emperor, who attempted in vain to save him from the fury of the soldiers. Sabinus was brutally murdered, and his remains thrown to a place where the corpses of malefactors were taken. When the generals of Vespasian obtained possession of the city, Sabinus was interred with the honour of a censor's funeral.
Sabinus married Arrecina Clementina, born in Pisaurum, Italy, c. 12 AD, daughter of Arrecinus and wife Tertulla and sister of Marcus Arrecinus Clemens. He left two sons, Titus Flavius Sabinus, consul in AD 82, and Titus Flavius Clemens, consul in 95, as well as a daughter, Flavia, born c. 30 AD, who married Lucius Caesennius Paetus. He probably had an elder brother, who was the father of Titus Flavius Sabinus, consul suffectus ex Kal. Mai. in AD 69. Sabinus' paternal grandmother bore the cognomen Tertulla, and this cognomen was also borne by both his daughter and his mother.
See also 
- Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History lx. 20.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Historiae i. 46.
- Plutarchus, Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, Otho 5.
- Flavius Josephus, Bellum Judaicum iv. 10. § 3, iv. 11. § 4.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Historiae ii. 55, iii. 64-74, iv. 47.
- Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History lxv. 17.
- Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, De Vita Caesarum, Vespasianus 1, Vitellius 15.
- Eutropius, Breviarium historiae Romanae vii. 12.
- Sextus Aurelius Victor, De Caesaribus 8.
- CIL 14, 2830 = ILS 995
- Tacitus, Histories
- Suetonius, Lives of the Twelve Caesars
- Cassius Dio, Roman History
- Arnold Blumberg (ed) (1995), Great Leaders, Great Tyrants?: Contemporary Views of World Rulers Who Made History
- Paul Maier, The Flames of Rome
- Christian Settipani. Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, 2000