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Gaius Oppius Sabinus (died AD 85) was a Roman Senator who held at least one office in the emperor's service. He was ordinary consul in the year 84 as the colleague of emperor Domitian.[1]

Sabinus was probably the son or nephew of Lucius Oppius, suffect consul in the nundinium of October-December 43. Following his consulate, Oppius Sabinus acceded to governor of the imperial province of Moesia. He served in this position for only a few months when an army of Dacians under Diurpaneus crossed the Danube and invaded the province. Sabinus was killed in the winter of 85/86 AD fighting the invaders.[2]

Administration of the province fell upon one of the legionary legates, until the new governor, Marcus Cornelius Nigrinus, could arrive. Meanwhile the Dacians ravaged the province and burned a number of forts along the Danube. Domitian, accompanied by his praetorian prefect Cornelius Fuscus, quickly traveled to Moesia with reinforcements to drive the Dacians out of Roman territories; these were the opening moves of Domitian's Dacian War.[3]


  1. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for A. D. 70-96", Classical Quarterly, 31 (1981), pp. 190, 216
  2. ^ Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, "Domitian" 6,1.
  3. ^ Brian W. Jones, The Emperor Domitian (London: Routlege, 1992), pp. 137f

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Calventius Sextus Carminius Vetus, and
Marcus Cornelius Nigrinus Curiatius Maternus

as suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Domitian X
Succeeded by
Lucius Julius Ursus,
and ignotus

as suffect consuls