10. C. Caecilius
Metellus Caprarius, Q. F. Q. N., younger brother of the three preceding, and son of No. 5.
The origin of his surname is quite uncertain.
He served under Scipio at the siege of Numantia, B. C. 133, and the abuse which he received from Scipio, according to the tale related by Cicero (Cic. de Orat. 2.66
), may have been owing to the enmity between his father [see above, p. 1057b.] and Scipio, rather than to any demerits of his own.
He was consul B. C. 113 with Cn. Papirius Carbo, and went to Macedonia to carry on war with the Thracians, whom he quickly subdued.
He obtained a triumph in consequence in the same year and on the same day with his brother Marcus.
He was censor in B. C. 102 with Metellus Numidicus ; and he exerted himself, along with his brother Lucius, to obtain the recall of Numidicus from banishment in B. C. 99. (Eutrop. 4.25
; Tac. Germ.
37; Obsequ. 98; Vell. 2.8
; Cic. post Red. in Sen.
15, post Red. ad Quir.
The annexed coin was struck by order of this C. Metellus.
The head of the obverse is that of Pallas, and the elephants drawing a triumphal car on the reverse, refer, like the reverse of the preceding coin, to the victory of the ancestor of L. Metellus over the Carthaginians. [No. 1.]