Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, Quintus

Ernst Badian

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, son of Q. *Caecilius Metellus, fought under L. *Aemilius Paullus (2) and was on an embassy sent to announce the victory of Pydna to the senate. He was probably tribune in the late 150s bce, setting up a special court (Val. Max. 6. 9. 10). As *praetor 148, he was sent to Macedonia, probably with proconsular status, and remained until 146, defeating *Andriscus and perhaps another pretender (Zonar. 9. 28. 8) and at least beginning the provincial organization of Macedonia. Called away to deal with the rebellion by the *Achaean Confederacy, he won some successes, but had to hand over to L. *Mummius and returned to Rome. Although he triumphed and was awarded the victor's agnomen (unprecedented for a praetorian), he became consul only in 143, after two unsuccessful attempts. Sent to Hither Spain, he defeated a Celtiberian rebellion, but was said to have handed his army over in bad shape to his successor and enemy Q.

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Subjects: Ancient Roman History

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