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An ancient country of central and southern Italy. The expansionist desires of its rulers led to the Samnite Wars (343-290 bc) and the ultimate defeat of Samnium by Rome.

Sam′nite (săm′nīt′) adj. & n.


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


(ˈsæm ni əm)

an ancient country in central Italy.
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Tallarico, "L'Abbazia di Montevergine nell'eta normanna: formazione e sviluppo di una potenza economica e politica," Samnium, 45 (1972), p.
The Tiburtines had received Roman citizenship only after the social war and Augustus had assigned the town non to Latium, but to the Fourth region, Sabinum et Samnium.
Mouvement heterogene mais assez profond pour qu'il s'enracine dans le Bruttium, la Lucanie, ou encore le Samnium.