25. P. Cornelius
Scipio Nasica, son of No. 24, was consul B. C. 111, with L. Calpurnius Bestia, and remained in Italy, while his colleague had the conduct of the war against Jugurtha.
He died during his consulship.
He is described by Diodorus as a man who was inaccessible to bribery throughout his life, though he lived in an age of general corruption. Cicero speaks with praise of the affability of his address, in which his father was deficient; and although he spoke neither much nor often in public, he was equal to any of his contemporaries in the purity of his Latin, and surpassed them in wit and humour. (Sall. Jug. 27 ;
p. 606, ed. Wess. ; Cic. de Off.
34, pro Planc. 34,
and Schol. Bob. p. 259, ed. Orelli.)