7. Q. Caecilius
Metellus Balearicus, Q. F. Q. N., eldest son of No. 5, was consul B. C. 123 with T. Quinctius Flamininus, and during this year and the following carried on war against the inhabitants of the Balearic islands, who were accused of piracy.
He entirely subdued them, and founded several cities in the islands; and in consequence of his victories he obtained a triumph in B. C. 121, and received the surname of Balearicus.
He was censor in B. C. 120 with L. Calpurnius Piso. (Plut. de Fort. Rom.
4; Cic. Brut. 74
, pro Dom.
53; Liv. Epit. 60
; Eutrop. 4.21
, who erroneously calls him Lucius; Oros. 5.13
; Flor. 3.8
; Strab. iii. p.167