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Corne'lia

6. Daughter of P. Cornelius Scipio (also called Q. Caecilius Metellus Scipio, on account of his adoption by Q. Metellus), consul in B. C. 52, was first married to P. Crassus, the son of the triumvir, who perished, in B. C. 53, with his father, in the expedition against the Parthians. In the next year she married Pompey the Great. This marriage was not merely a political one; for Pompey seems to have been captivated by her. She was still young, possessed of extraordinary beauty, and distinguished for her knowledge of literature, music, geometry, and philosophy. In B. C. 49, Pompey sent her, when he abandoned Italy, with his youngest son Sextus to Lesbos, where she received her husband upon his flight after the battle of Pharsalia. She accompanied him to the Egyptian coast, saw him murdered, and fled first to Cyprus and afterwards to Cyrene. But, pardoned by Caesar, she soon afterwards returned to Rome, and received from him the ashes of her husband, which she preserved on his Alban estate. (Plut. Pomp. 55, 66, 74, 76, 78-80; Appian, App. BC 2.83; D. C. 40.51, 42.5; Vell. 2.53; Lucan, 3.23, 5.725, 8.40, &c.)

Family of the Sullac.

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