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Brewer's: Fabian Soldiers

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

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

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