26. Q. Caeciiius
Metellus Creticus, is conjectured by Drumann (vol. ii. p. 57) to have been the son of No. 23, and to have been the quaestor with C. Trebonius, who supported the adoption of Clodius into a plebeian family, when Trebonius opposed it. (Cic. Fam. 15.21.2
This is, however, mere conjecture, for the name of the colleague of Trebonius is not even mentioned in the passage of Cicero referred to above. Cicero speaks (ad Att.
4.7.2), in B. C. 56, soon after his return from exile, of a Metellus who had lately died, and who had always acted badly towards him.
As this Metellus cannot be any of the celebrated persons of that name, Drumann supposes him to have been the colleague of Trebonius.