Quintus Caecilius Metellus (palace owner)

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Quintus Caecilius Metellus (b. ca 130 BC), was the owner of a palace in Tampillium on the Quirinal Hill, with a beautiful hanging garden in oriental style, with towers and terraces surrounded by a grove of trees, beside of a house and a tomb at the Fifth Mile of the Appian Way, where he was buried, having his fortune been made thanks to favours made to him during his campaign in Asia by his relative, perhaps his first cousin, Lucius Licinius Lucullus, son of Lucius Licinius Lucullus, Praetor in 103 BC, and wife Caecilia Metella.[1]

Not having issue, he adopted his maternal nephew - son of his sister Caecilia Metella (ca 130 BC – ca 50 BC) and husband Titus Pomponius - Titus Pomponius Atticus, who for that reason became called Quintus Caecilius Pomponianus Atticus.


He was the son of a Caecilius Metellus (b. ca 160 BC). There is nothing that conclusively identifies his father; he may be the son of Lucius Caecilius Metellus Dalmaticus, Lucius Caecilius Metellus Diadematus or Marcus Caecilius Metellus, or, most likely, Lucius Caecilius Metellus Calvus, given the close connection to the famous Lucius Licinius Lucullus, son of one Caecilia Metella and maternal grandson of Lucius Caecilius Metellus Calvus.[2]


  1. ^ Pierre Grimal, "Rome Devant Cesar", p. 93
  2. ^ Manuel Dejante Pinto de Magalhães Arnao Metello and João Carlos Metello de Nápoles, "Metellos de Portugal, Brasil e Roma", Torres Novas, 1998