SABAIA, Defined

Sabaia, -ae (f) – a drink made from barley and grain in Illyricum (Balkans).

Sabaia is only attested twice in Latin: a recent passage in Ammianus Marcellinus and a soon-to-be covered, BCS passage by Hieronymus. Because of the general absence of this word in Latin literature, there is not much information about this drink. We only know that it was drunk in Dalmatia and Pannonia (i.e. Illyricum) and was particularly favored by the lower classes.

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