Tuesday, December 28, 2010

L'Aquila : Abruzzo (Italy)

Amiternum, a traditional cradle of the Sabines, is an ancient Sabine prefecture in the Abruzzo region of modern Italy at 9 km from L'Aquila. The modern province correspounds to the mountainous part of Abruzzo.

The Sabine language is scantily attested, mainly by explicit glosses written by ancient commentators on classical authors and inscriptions, The commentator gives an alternative word he says is the Sabine. In recent times one or possibly two Sabine inscriptions have been tentatively identified. Based on all the evidence the Linguist List classifies Sabine, again tentatively, as a member of the Umbrian Group of Italic languages of Indo-European family.

  • Sample :

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  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Dark complexion, dark eyes, leptomorphic, narrow face, long and straight high-rooted nose that can get convex, close set eyes, large jaw, pointy chin
~ Dinaromorphic Mediterranean

This is a classical pan-Italian type, this time though one can notice some peculiar secondary local traits such as a rather narrow droopy-tipped nose or a rather angular chin. Still exhibiting such local features, more brachymorphic individuals are found.

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (chestnut hair, blue eyes, ...), brachymorphic, round face, little and low-rooted nose that can get snub-tipped, wide set eyes
~ Alpinoid/Subnordid

This is a rather original phenotype from an Italian point of view, not that these people are not Italian-looking, but such phenotypes are not expected in South Central Italy as far as stereotypes are concerned. I've still to define a geographic extension for such types.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. Interesting series, Heraus.
    Your morph for this province on Anthrocivitas shows a similarity to the Terni morph.
    In between Terni and Aquila provinces lies Rieti province which was the Sabine heartland.
    The Roman patrician Claudii and the plebeian Flavii (Vespasian etc) were of Sabine origin and not very different from your lighter-hued type 2 (Alpinid or mixed Alpinid).


  2. Hi nice blog, I' ve found an interesting dedicated to Italian subraces and differences, take a look if you're interested


  3. http://anthroitaly.blogspot.it/2012/08/province-of-pescara.html


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