(Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus; 979). Father of Titus* Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus; b. Reate, Latium, It.; sent by Claudius* I to command legions in Ger. and Brit.; conquered Isle of Wight; consul 51; proconsul of Afr. 63 under Nero*; sent to Palestine to conduct war against Jews 66; joined 67 by son Titus, whom he left in charge of Roman forces 68; emperor 6979; began bldg. Coliseum (or Colosseum) at Rome. See also Josephus, Flavius; Persecution of Christians, 2.
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