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  • proper n. A male given name, of historical use in English.


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Latin Fabius, name of a Patrician Roman gens, from faba ("bean").


  • It seems to me that Fabius is a little shaky on his history, as the battle of Verdun started in 1916, which would put his hundredth anniversary in 2016, but it is evident that he intends to invoke the powerful symbolism of that event.

    "We are on our way to a European Army"

  • His life is given by Plutarch under the name Fabius, and he is remembered as the originator of the policy of delay in war, as our dictionaries tell us, because his plan was to worry his enemy, rather than risk a pitched battle with him.

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • Poseidonius calls Fabius the shield, and Marcellus the sword of Rome, because the steadiness of Fabius, combined with the warlike ardour of

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • That which before this battle was called Fabius's cowardice and remissness, was now regarded as more than human sagacity, and a foresight so wonderful as to be beyond belief.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • Ever since it began in late 2007, a blog called Fabius Maximus has been arguing that we are watching the decline and fall-indeed, collapse-of our current economic and financial system.


  • John Dickinson, who was a most conservative revolutionary, began one of his "Fabius" letters of 1797 by reciting the lines that Polybius attributed to the victorious Roman general Scipio, "among the blazing houses, and the flying, falling citizens" of Carthage:

    Real, Pretended or Imaginary Dangers

  • He reads the secret thoughts of 'Fabius' [Philip II.] as that cunctative

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • Varro, at his setting out from Rome, had declared openly, that he would fall upon the enemy the very first opportunity, and put an end to the war; adding, that it would never be terminated, so long as men such as Fabius should be at the head of the Roman armies.

    The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians (Vol. 1 of 6)

  • Two cities have been taken this year: let Capua call Fabius to account, and Syracuse, Marcellus. "

    The History of Rome, Vol. IV

  • Washington before the enemy was no better nor braver than hundreds that fought with him or against him (who has not heard the repeated sneers against "Fabius" in which his factious captains were accustomed to indulge?), but Washington the Chief of a nation in arms, doing battle with distracted parties; calm in the midst of conspiracy; serene against the open foe before him and the darker enemies at his back; Washington inspiring order and spirit into troops hungry and in rags; stung by ingratitude, but betraying no anger, and ever ready to forgive; in defeat invincible, magnanimous in conquest, and never so sublime as on that day when he laid down his victorious sword and sought his noble retirement: -- here indeed is a character to admire and revere; a life without a stain, a fame without a flaw.

    The Virginians


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