A Roman consul, in B.C. 332. He was obliged to lay down his office on account of some
informality in his election.
M. Cornelius, a distinguished Roman orator. Being sent as praetor
to Sicily, he quelled a sedition of the soldiers in that island. He was called to the
censorship before he had been consul, a thing not in accordance with Roman usage, and
obtained this latter office six years subsequently, B.C. 204. He carried on the war against
the Carthaginians in Etruria, and defeated Mago, who was coming with support for Hannibal. In
allusion to his persuasive eloquence, Ennius twice calls him Suadae medulla.
ii. 2.116; A. P.
50) cites him as an authority
on the use of words.
C. Cornelius, proconsul in Spain in B.C. 200, defeated a numerous
army of the Sedetani. Being elected consul B.C. 197, he gained a great victory over the
Insubres, and on his return to Rome obtained the honours of a triumph. The people having
afterwards chosen him censor, he assigned distinct places to the senators at the public
C. Cornelius, a Roman rendered powerful by his influence with
Marius. He himself was wholly governed by a woman named Praecia, who obtained for Lucullus
the government of Cilicia.
C. Cornelius, a Roman of the most corrupt and abandoned
character, and one of the accomplices of Catiline. He was strangled in prison by order of the
Senate. See Catilina