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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

154 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO NASICA

Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio Nasica (interrex 53, cos. suff. 52 BC; RE Caecilius 99), a P. Scipio adopted by Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius, went through the usual political career; in the civil war he supported Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) and, after the victory of C. Iulius Caesar (121), committed suicide near Thapsus in 46 BC (Liv. Epit. 114; App. B Civ. 2.100.417, 2.101.420; Cass. Dio 43.9.5; BAfr. 96; Cic. Fam. 9.18.2).

Scipio Nasica published a piece against M. Porcius Cato (126) (Plut. Cat. min. 57.3; Plin. HN 8.196). In Cicero he is mentioned as a good speaker (T 1).

In 78 BC Scipio Nasica appeared as a plaintiff in a civil suit (TLRR 134; Asc. in Cic. Corn. [p.74.13–18 C.] = Cic. Corn. I, F 38 Puccioni = 37 Crawford) and again in the

T 1 Cic. Brut. 212–13

“summo iste quidem dicitur ingenio fuisse,” inquit [Brutus]; “et vero hic Scipio, conlega meus, mihi sane bene et loqui videtur et dicere.” “recte,” inquam [Cicero], “iudicas, Brute. etenim istius genus est ex ipsius sapientiae stirpe generatum. nam et de duobus avis iam diximus, Scipione et Crasso, et de tribus proavis, Q. Metello, cuius quattuor <illi> filii,1 P. Scipione, qui ex dominatu Ti.

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154 Q. CAEC. MET. PIUS SCIPIO NASICA

154 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO NASICA

summer of 65 BC (TLRR 208; Cic. Att. 1.1.3–4). In 70 BC Scipio Nasica was one of Verres’ advocates (TLRR 177; Cic. Verr. 2.4.79–80). A Q. Metellus Pius was a witness at the trial of C. Cornelius in 66/65 BC, but he is more likely to be the ex-consul (and Scipio Nasica’s adoptive father) Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius (cos. 80 BC), although Malcovati referred the remark to this Scipio Nasica (orat. I).

In 60 BC Scipio Nasica was prosecuted by M. Favonius (166 F 3) for misconduct in an election campaign; defended by Cicero (Cic. Pro Q. Caecilio Metello Pio Scipione [Nasica]: Crawford 1984, 115–17), he was acquitted (TLRR 238). Scipio Nasica was again taken to court for electioneering offenses, by C. Memmius in 52 BC, but the trial was abandoned (TLRR 321).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

“He [L. Licinius Crassus Scipio] is said to have been a man of extraordinary ability,” he [Brutus] said, “and indeed this Scipio [Nasica], my colleague [as a member of the collegium pontificum], seems to me an excellent speaker both in private conversation and in public discourse.” “You assess this rightly, Brutus,” I [Cicero] said. “Indeed, his lineage comes from the stock of wisdom itself. For both about his two grandfathers, Scipio [P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio, cos. 111 BC] and Crassus [L. Licinius Crassus (66)], we have already spoken, and about his three great-grandfathers, Q. Metellus [Q. Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus (18)], who had four <famous> sons; P. Scipio

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019