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SCIPIO IMP



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    SCIPIO IMP.----Hence on one of his coins is read SCIPIO IMPerator. On another appear the letters Q. C. M. P. I., which are explained to be the siglae of all his names, as collected from his denarii----namely, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Imperator. This man (according to Suetonius) was, in the year 52 B.C., associated for the remaining five months of the consulship with Pompey the Great, whose father-in-law he was, and to whose party he adhered during the civil war. The Pompeians being conquered at Pharsalia, and the war being renewed in Africa, he was appointed summus Imperator, or general of the whole army of that province, from superstitious regard for the name of Scipio, which in Africa was held to be invincible. But Caesar, to whom he was opposed, proved the omen to be fallacious, by defeating his forces in the field, and compelling him to embark on board ship; when finding himself on the point of falling into the enemy's hands, he drove his sword through his own body, and at the same moment plunged into the sea.----See Caecilia.

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