"Aemilius Scaurus, Marcus" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 26th April 2011
Scaurus, Marcus Aemilius (163-89 b.C.) Roman politician (a leader of conservative senatorial aristocrats) and general, a husband of Caecilia Metella.
Scaurus was born into an impoverished patrician family and acquired wealth in business before entering public life.
He became a consul in 115, and in the same year defeated Ligurians and Carnians (Alpine tribes), for which was awarded a triumph.
In 114 he was elected a senior senator, and three years later was corrupted by the Numidian king Jugurtha in Africa to accept a peace unfavourable to Rome.
In 104 Scaurus took charge of the grain supply.
In 109 being a censor he laid out a highway Aemilia Scauri between Genoa and Tortona, reconstructed Ponte Milvio in Rome and dried up the mashes of Trebbia.
Scaurus' daughter, Aemilia, married Gnaeus Pompey.
He was a good speaker, wrote three books of memories, which fragments survived till our days. Cicero estimated him highly and wrote that the world was almost ruled by a nod of his head, but there were also negative points of view on Scaurus expressed by other great personalities of the epoch.As you visit 'Aemilius Scaurus, Marcus' you may also like following articles . . .