, consul B.C. 161 with M. Valerius Messala. In
their consulship the rhetoricians were expelled from Rome.
, son of the preceding, consul 122. He owed
his election to the consulship chiefly to the influence of C. Gracchus, who was anxious to
prevent his enemy Opimius from obtaining the office. But in his consulship Fannius supported
the aristocracy, and took an active part in opposing the measures of Gracchus. He spoke
against the proposal of Gracchus, who wished to give the Roman franchise to the Latins, in a
speech which was regarded as a masterpiece in the time of Cicero.
, sonin-law of Laelius, and frequently
confounded with the preceding. He served in Africa, under Scipio Africanus, in B.C. 146, and
in Spain under Fabius Maximus in 142. He is introduced by Cicero as one of the speakers both
in his work De Republica
and in his treatise De Amicitia.
owed his celebrity in literature to his History, which was written in Latin, and of which
Brutus made an abridgment.