Such statements, even if included in a eulogy, would indicate the unusual greatness of a soul which restricted distinctions to conformity with a democratic constitution, and they were made by an enemy and accompanied by censure.
To this Gracchus the younger of Scipio's two daughters —for the elder was betrothed to Publius Cornelius Nasica [p. 201]
and beyond doubt by her father —was married, as all1
What is not certain is whether she was both betrothed and married after the death of her father, or whether the opinions are true, that Gracchus, when Lucius Scipio was being taken to prison and no one of his colleagues was coming to his assistance, swore that his feud
with the Scipios continued as before and that he was doing nothing to curry favour, but that he would not permit the brother of Africanus to be put into that prison into which he had seen Publius Africanus thrusting kings and generals of the enemy.
The story goes on that the senate, which chanced to dine that day on the Capitoline,3
had risen up and begged that during the banquet Africanus should betroth his daughter to Gracchus.
When the contract had been duly made at this public ceremony and Scipio had returned home, he told his wife Aemilia that he had arranged a marriage for their younger daughter. When she, being irritated, as a woman would naturally be, that he had not consulted with her about
the daughter of both of them, had added that not even if he were promising her to Tiberius Gracchus should the mother have been excluded from the deliberation,
Scipio, they say, rejoicing at their harmony of opinion, replied that it was to Gracchus that he had betrothed her.4
However much at variance are these accounts of so great a man, they have seemed worthy of presentation.5