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Samnium

[sam-nee-uh m]
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noun
  1. an ancient country in central Italy.
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Related formsSam·nite [sam-nahyt] /ˈsæm naɪt/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for samnium

Historical Examples

  • On the confines of Samnium the two brothers divided their forces.

    The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    Edward Gibbon

  • Postumius, marched into Samnium by the road from Capua to Beneventum.

    A Smaller History of Rome

    William Smith and Eugene Lawrence

  • Curius marched into Samnium, and his colleague into Lucania.

    A Smaller History of Rome

    William Smith and Eugene Lawrence

  • He fled into Samnium, but was followed there by Sulla's soldiers, taken prisoner and brought back to Rome.

  • But more direful than all this was the punishment which fell upon Etruria and Samnium.


British Dictionary definitions for samnium

Samnium

noun
  1. an ancient country of central Italy inhabited by Oscan-speaking Samnites: corresponds to the present-day regions of Abruzzi, Molise, and part of Campania
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