6. C. Coponius
, one of the praetors on the breaking out of the civil war in B. C. 49.
He espoused the side of Pompey, followed him into Greece, and had the command of the Rhodian ships conjointly with C. Marcellus. (Cic. Att. 8.12
, A.; Caes. Civ. 3.5
; Cic. de Div.
1.32, 2.55.) Coponius was proscribed by the triumvirs in B. C. 43, but his wife obtained his pardon from Antony by the sacrifice of her honour. (Appian, App. BC 3.40
He is afterwards mentioned shortly before the battle of Actium as the father-in-law of Silius, and as a greatly respected member of the senate. (Vell. 2.83
The following coin was probably struck by order of this Coponius.
It contains on the obverse the head of Apollo, with the inscription Q. SICINIUS IIIVIR (that is, of the mint), and on the reverse a club with the skin of a lion upon it, and the inscription C. COPONIUS PR. S. C.
The reverse no doubt has reference to Hercules, whose worship prevailed at Tibur.