Gaius Laelius

(c. 190—129 bc)

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(c.190–after 129bc),

closest friend of Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus. He became involved with the embassy of Athenian philosophers (155), esp. the Stoic Diogenēs, and with Panaetius, whose work he was influential in publicizing at Rome. These connections earned him the nickname Sapiens (‘wise’). In 147/6 he served with Scipio Aemilianus in Africa, and went on to be praetor in 145 and consul in 140. He was augur from before 140 until his death. His reputation as an orator was considerable. He is the central figure in Cicero's On Friendship and appears also in his Republic.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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