CORN1137 Cn. Cornelius (265) Merenda


  • Patrician


  • Praetor 194 Sardinia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Election Liv. 34.42.4 Provinces and armies Liv. 34.43.6-7. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Won a victory beyond the Ebro as Praetor (Liv. 35.1.3-4; cf. Frontin. Str. 4.1.15). See 193, Promagistrates; and below, note 1. (Broughton MRR I)
    • p. 730 (Brennan 2000)
  • Legatus (Ambassador)? 189 Asia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Though Willems is compelled to admit that this embassy consists in any case of an unusual proportion of senior members of the Senate, he attempts to fit it to his regular pattern (Sénat 2.506) by claiming: 1. that Aemilius Paullus was not the famous member of the family (but see above, note 3); 2. that Lentulus was not the Pr. of 203 but another, the Cos. of 162 (who was too young and whose career, as Münzer has shown, RE no. 214, he has reported incorrectly, Sénat 1.347, no. 216); and 3. that Aelius Tubero was not the Pr. of 201 but someone otherwise unknown. Münzer suggests that Lentulus{365} is a mistake for Cethegus, Pr. 185 and Cos. 181, and since the two men are confused in Liv. 40.18.1 this remains a possibility. However it is unnecessary, for with the identification of Aemilius Paullus the commission is seen to consist of eight consulars or praetorians, and evidently may have consisted wholly of men of curule rank. Therefore in spite of the disarangement of the two final names it seems preferable to identify Lentulus with the Praetor of 203 and Tubero with the Praetor of 201. As we know the names of only three senatorial commissions of ten men during this period and possess the complete list of only this one, the basis for Willems' generalization regarding the pattern remains rather tenuous. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Since no Cornelius Merula of praetorian or of consular rank is known in this period, Duker's suggestion (see Weissenborn ad loc.) that Merula is a mistake for Merenda, Pr. 194, is attractive, particularly as the embassy appears to have consisted entirely of praetorii and consulares. See Willems, Sénat 2.506. (Broughton MRR I)
    • An embassy of ten members sent to assist Manlius Vulso in implementing the treaty with Antiochus and in completing the settlement of Asia Minor (Liv. 37.55.7; 38.38.1, and 40.1, and 44.9-47, and 54.6; cf. Polyb. 21.24.9, and 16.17; see 188, Legates). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Ambassador)? 188 Asia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • The ten Legates assisted Manlius in concluding the treaty with Antiochus and the settlement of Asia Minor, and returned with him (Polyb. 21.4-45; 22.5; Liv. 38.38-40, and 45-46). (Broughton MRR I)