The gens Scribonia was a plebeian family at ancient Rome. Members of this gens first appear in history at the time of the Second Punic War, but the first of the Scribonii to obtain the consulship was Gaius Scribonius Curio in 76 BC.
The only praenomina known to have been used by the main families of the Scribonii are Lucius, used by the Scribonii Libones, and Gaius, used by the Curiones. Other praenomina are practically non-existent among the Scribonii appearing in history; the only exception is Marcus, found among one or two of the later Libones, who seem to have adopted it from the Livii.
Branches and cognomina
Libo, the only surname of the Scribonii to occur on coins, is apparently derived from libere, to sprinkle or pour, and was probably given to an ancestor of the family who poured libations. The Scribonii Libones were long associated with a sacred structure in the forum known as the Pueal Scribonianum or Puteal Libonis, frequently depicted on their coins. So called because it resembled a puteal, or wellhead, the structure enclosed a "bidental", a place that had been struck by lightning, or in one tradition the spot where the whetstone of the augur Attius Navius had stood, in the time of Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. The Puteal Scribonianum was dedicated by one of the Scribonii Libones, probably either the praetor of 204 BC, or the tribune of the plebs in 149. It was renovated by Lucius Scribonius Libo, either the praetor of 80 BC, or his son, the consul of 34.
- Lucius Scribonius Libo, tribune of the plebs in 216 BC, unsuccessfully petitioned the senate to ransom the Roman soldiers taken prisoner at Cannae. He was praetor peregrinus in 204, and assigned the province of Gaul.
- Lucius Scribonius (L. f.) Libo, as curule aedile in 194 BC, presided over the first celebration of the Megalesia at Rome. Praetor peregrinus in 192, he was assigned to prepare ships to bring the Roman army to Epirus. In 186, he was one of the commissioners to re-establish colonies at Sipontum and Buxentum.
- Lucius Scribonius (L. f. L. n.) Libo, tribune of the plebs in 149 BC, accused Servius Sulpicius Galba of atrocities against the Lusitani.
- Lucius Scribonius Libo, praetor in an uncertain year, was the father of Scribonia, the second wife of Augustus.
- Lucius Scribonius L. f. Libo, one of Pompeius' legates during the Civil War, and afterward a supporter of Sextus Pompeius. He was later reconciled to Octavian, who married his sister, Scribonia. Libo was consul in 34 BC, with Marcus Antonius.
- Scribonia L. f., sister of Lucius Scribonius Libo, the consul of 34 BC, was the second wife of Augustus, and mother of Julia, the emperor's only natural child. Augustus was her third husband, the first two also being of consular rank; the first may have been Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus, consul in 56 BC, and the second was Publius Cornelius Scipio, one of the supporters of Pompeius.[i]
- Marcus Livius L. f. L. n. Drusus Libo, consul in 15 BC, perhaps a younger brother of Lucius Scribonius Libo, the consul of 34 BC, who was adopted by Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus.
- Lucius Scribonius L. f. L. n. Libo, consul in AD 16.
- Scribonia L. f. L. n., daughter of Lucius Scribonius Libo, the consul of 34 BC, married Sextus Pompeius, and was the mother of Pompeia Magna.
- Scribonia L. f. L. n., daughter of Lucius Scribonius Libo, the consul of AD 16, married Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi, consul in AD 27.
- Lucius Scribonius L. f. L. n. Libo Drusus, accused of plotting against Tiberius, he took his own life rather than submit to the inevitable sentence of death.
- Lucius Scribonius Libo, curator of the banks of the Tiber during the reign of Claudius.
- Gaius Scribonius Curio, plebeian aedile in 196 BC, and praetor urbanus in 193, was named Curio Maximus in 174 BC, after his predecessor died in a pestilence.
- Gaius Scribonius Curio, praetor in 121 BC, was a famous orator, greatly admired by Cicero, who laments that the speeches of Curio had been largely forgotten. He was noted for his defense of Servius Fulvius Flaccus, the consul of 135 BC, on a charge of incestum.
- Gaius Scribonius C. f. Curio, consul in 76 BC, and afterward proconsul of Macedonia, where he fought against the Dardani and the Thracians. On his return to Rome about 72, he received a triumph for his conquest of the Dardani.
- Gaius Scribonius C. f. C. n. Curio, one of Caesar's legates at the beginning of the Civil War. He was named propraetor, and successfully occupied Sicily, but was defeated and killed at the Bagradas, when he attempted to carry the war over to Africa.
- Scribonius Aphrodisius, a Latin grammarian, had been a slave of the grammarian Lucius Orbilius Pupillus, but was purchased by Scribonia, the wife of Augustus, who gave him his freedom.
- Scribonius, an usurper who attempted briefly seized the throne of the Bosporan Kingdom about 16 BC, by claiming to be a descendant of Mithridates. His deception was soon discovered, and he was put to death.
- Scribonius Proculus, a senator in the time of Caligula, slain by his fellows at the prompting of Protogenes, one of the emperor's creatures.
- Scribonius Largus, a physician of Claudius, whom he accompanied to Britain, and the author of De Compositione Medicamentorum, quoted by Galen, as well as several other works that do not survive.
- Scribonius Proculus, the brother of Scribonius Rufus, was governor of either Germania Superior or Germania Inferior in the time of Nero, while his brother was governor of the other province. Both were accused, and summoned to account to Nero in Greece, where they took their own lives, upon perceiving no hope of survival.
- Scribonius Rufus, the brother of Scribonius Proculus, took his life when denounced to Nero.
- Surprisingly for a central figure in the imperial family, Scribonia's first two husbands have long defied identification; the first is a guess, based on the fact that Scribonia seems to have had a son named Lentulus Marcellinus; the name of her second husband is known, but so far he has not been clearly identified with any of the known consular Scipiones.
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- Valerius Maximus, viii. 1. § 2.
- Broughton, vol. I, p. 459.
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- Fasti Albenses, AE 2012, 437.
- Cassius Dio, lvii. 15.
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- Tacitus, Historiae, i. 14.
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- Livy, xxxiii. 42, xxxiv. 53, 57, xxxv. 6, xli. 21.
- Broughton, vol. I, pp. 335, 347, 406, 407 (note 7).
- Cicero, Brutus, 32, De Inventione, i. 43, De Oratore, i. 23, 33, Rhetorica ad Herennium, ii. 20.
- Pliny the Elder, vii. 41.
- Appian, Bella Mithridatica, 60.
- Eutropius, vi. 2.
- Orosius, iv. 23.
- Suetonius, "The Life of Caesar", 9, 49, 52.
- Cassius Dio, xxxviii. 16.
- Valerius Maximus, ix. 14. § 5.
- Pliny the Elder, vii. 12.
- Solinus, i. 6.
- Quintilian, vi. 3. § 6.
- Orelli, Onomasticon Tullianum, ii. pp. 525, ff.
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- Velleius Paterculus, ii. 48, 55.
- Appian, Bellum Civile, ii. 23, ff.
- Suetonius, "The Life of Caesar", 29, 36, De Claris Rhetoribus, 1.
- Tacitus, Dialogus de Oratoribus, 37.
- Livy, Epitome, 109, 110.
- Plutarch, "The Life of Caesar", 29, ff, "The Life of Pompeius", 58.
- Cassius Dio, xl. 60, ff.
- Quintilian, vi. 3. § 76.
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- Broughton, vol. II, pp. 224, 227 (note 4), 230, 240, 246, 249, 263, 264, 266, 269, 273.
- Suetonius, De Illustribus Grammaticis, 19.
- Cassius Dio, liv. 24.
- Pseudo-Lucian, Macrobii, 17.
- Cassius Dio, lix. 26.
- Scribonius Largus, De Compositione Medicamentorum, xi. § 60, xliv. § 175, xxii. § 94, xlv. § 171.
- Galen, De Compositione Medicamentorum Secundum Locos Conscriptorum, vol. xii. pp. 683, 738, 764, vol. xiii. pp. 67, 280, 284, ff.
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