CORN4649 P. Cornelius (22) P. f. P. n. Scipio


  • Patrician

Life Dates

  • 195?, birth (Rüpke 2005)
  • 170?, death (Rüpke 2005)


  • Flamen Dialis after 175 (Rüpke 2005) Expand
    • One of the epitaphs of the Scipios (CIL 1(2).2.10-ILS 4) names a Publius Scipio "prognatum Publio" whose short life alone kept him from high honors. Above it in smaller letters is added a line stating that he was Flamen Dialis. Mommsen (see commentary in CIL) remains uncertain whether the epitaph refers to the son of Africanus, whose health we know was poor (Cic. Brut. 77; Sen. 35; Off. 1.121; Vell. 1.10.3), and who became an Augur in 180 (see 180, Augurs). Klose (18f.) thinks it unlikely that a man in poor health would be considered suitable for the flaminate of Jove and still more unlikely that he would combine it with the augurate. If the son of Africanus was the Scipio of the epitaph and became Flamen Dialis, he must have succeeded Cn. Cornelius very soon; if he was not, we have no evidence regarding the tenure of Cn. Cornelius. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Liv. 41.28.7. Notices regarding his immediate predecessor are lost, unless he was C. Valerius Flaccus (Flamen in 209) who was still alive in 183. (Broughton MRR I)