Pater Patriae

Pater Patriae

[pah-ter pah-tree-ahy; English pey-ter pey-tree-ee, pat-er pa-tree-ee]
noun
Latin. father of his country.
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pater patriae

in ancient Rome, a title originally accorded (in the form parens urbis Romanae, or "parent of the Roman city") to Romulus, Rome's legendary founder. It was next accorded to Marcus Furius Camillus, who led the city's recovery after its capture by the Gauls (c. 390 BC).

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