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Fabian Soldiers

A complimentary phrase for Roman soldiers, the bravest of the brave.

“Quem [band of trained soldiers] quidem sic omni disciplina militari [Iphicratês] crudivit, ut quemadmodum quondam `Fabiani milites' Romani appellati sunt, sic `Iphicratenses' apud Græcos in summa laude fuerint.” —Nepos: Iphicrates, ii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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