5. Q. Minucius
Rufus, Q. F., consul B. C. 110, with Sp. Postumius Albinus, obtained Macedonia as his province.
He carried on war with success against the barbarians in Thrace, and on his return to Rome in the following year, obtained a triumph for his victories over the Scordisci and Triballi (Sal. Jug. 35
, where his praenomen is Marcus; Liv. Epit. 65
; Eutrop. 4.27
; Flor. 3.4.5
; Frontin. Strat.
2.4.3; Vell. 2.8
He perpetuated the memory of his triumph by building the Porticus Minucia, near the Circus Flaminius.
In the Notitia we have mention of a Minucia Vetus et Frumentaria,
whence it is doubtful whether two different porticus or only one is intended.
It appears that the tesserae, or tickets, which entitled persons to a share in the public distributions of corn, were given to the citizens in the Portus Minucia. fence it has been conjectured that the Porticus built by the consul originally served for that purpose, but that afterwards a new Porticus Frumentaria was erected, and that accordingly the name of Vetus was given to the other one.
In an inscription we read of a Procurator Minuciae.
(Vell. Pat. l.c.
; Cic. Phil. 2.34
; Lamprid. Commod.
16; Appul. de Mund.
p. 74. 14, Elm.; Gruter, ccccii. 4; Becker, Römisch. Alterth.
vol. i. p. 621.)