2. M. Gratidius
, perhaps a grandson of No. 1, was legate of Q. Cicero in his administration of the province of Asia.
In one passage (Cic. ad Quint. fr.
1.4), a Gratidius is mentioned as tribune of the people in B. C. 57, which has in itself nothing improbable; but as the name Gratidius is not mentioned elsewhere among the tribunes of that year, whose names occur very frequently, it is usually supposed that in the passage just referred to, Gratidius is a false reading for Fabricius. (See Cic. p. Flacc.
21, ad Quint. fr.
1.1, 3, 10; Orelli, Onom. Tull.
vol. ii. p. 388.)