2. Q. Aemilius
Papus, twice consul, first in B. C. 282, and again in 278, and censor in 275.
In both his consulships and in his censorship he had as colleague C. Fabricius Luscinus.
In his former consulship he was employed against the Etruscans and Boians, while Fabricius was engaged in Southern Italy.
He completely defeated the allied forces, and the chastisement which the Boians received was so severe, that Cisalpine Gaul remained quiet for upwards of fifty years (Dionys. A. R. 18.5
; comp. Plb. 2.20
The passage in Frontinus (1.2.7) which speaks of the defeat of the Boii by Aemilius Paullus (an error for Papus), is rightly referred by Niebuhr (Hist. of Rome,
vol. iii. p. 430) to the above-mentioned victory, though most modern writers make it relate to the conquest of the Gauls by the consul of B. C. 225 [see below, No. 3]. In B. C. 280 he accompanied Fabricius, as one of the three ambassadors who were sent to Pyrrhus.
The history of this embassy, as well as of his second consulship and censorship, is given in the life of his colleague. [LUSCINUS, No. 1.]