2. L. Hostilius
Mancinus, probably son of No. 1, was engaged as legate of the consul L. Calpurnius Piso (B. C. 148) in the siege of Carthage, in the third Punic war.
He commanded the fleet, while Piso was at the head of the land-forces; and, notwithstanding some repulses which he received, he had the glory of being the first to take part of the town, which was finally conquered by Scipio in B. C. 146. Mancinus on his return to Rome exhibited in the forum paintings, containing views of Carthage and of the different attacks made upon it by the Romans, and was constantly ready to explain to the people all the details of the pictures.
He became in consequence such a favourite with the people, that he was elected consul in B. C. 145 with Q. Fabius Maximus Aemilianus. (Appian, App. Pun. 110
; Liv. Epit. 51
; Plin. Nat. 35.4. s. 7
; Cic. Lael.