Lucius Cornelius Scipio (consul 259 BC)
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Lucius Cornelius Scipio (b. c. 300 BC), consul in 259 BC during the First Punic War was a consul and censor of ancient Rome. He was the son of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, himself consul and censor, and brother to Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina, himself twice consul. Two of his sons and three of his grandsons also became famous Roman generals and consuls; his most famous descendant being Scipio Africanus.
As consul in 259 BC, he led the Roman fleet in the capture of Aleria and then Corsica, but failed against Olbia in Sardinia. The Fasti Triumphales record that he was awarded a triumph, but two other inscriptions on his career don't mention it. The following year he was elected censor with Gaius Duilius.
- HONC OINO·PLOIRVME·COSENTIONT R
- НЕС·CE PIT·CORSICA·ALERIAQVE·VRBE
which has been transcribed and restored in modern upper- and lower-case script as:
- Honc oino ploirume cosentiont Romai
- duonoro optumo fuise viro
- Luciom Scipione. Filios Barbati
- consol censor aidilis hic fuet apud vos,
- hec cepit Corsica Aleriaque urbe,
- dedet Tempestatebus aide meretod votam.
and also transcribed in classical Latin as:
- Hunc unum plurimi consentiunt Romae
- bonorum optimum fuisse virum
- Lucium Scipionem. Filius Barbati,
- Consul, Censor, Aedilis hic fuit.
- Hic cepit Corsicam Aleriamque urbem
- dedit tempestatibus aedem merito.
A translation is:
- Romans for the most part agree,
- that this one man, Lucius Scipio, was the best of good men.
- He was the son of Barbatus,
- Consul, Censor, Aedile.
- He took Corsica and the city of Aleria.
- He dedicated a temple to the Storms as a just return.
This inscription is number two of the elogia Scipionum, the several epitaphs surviving from the tomb.
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Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina
|Consul of the Roman Republic
With: Gaius Aquillius Florus
Aulus Atilius Calatinus
Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus