8. Q. Fabius
Maximus Aemilianus, Q. F. Q. N., was by adoption only a Fabius Maximus, being by birth the eldest son of L. Paullus Aemiliis, the conqueror of Perseus, consul in B. C. 132. Fabius served under his father (Aemilius) in the last Macedonian war, B. C. 168, and was despatched by him to Rome with the news of his victory at Pydna. (Plb. 29.6
.) Fabius was praetor in Sicily B. C. 149-148, and consul in 145. Spain was his province, where he encountered, and at length defeated Viriarathus. (Liv. 44.35
; Appian, Hispan.
65, 67, 90, Maced.
17; Plut. paull. Aem.
5; Cic. de Amic.
25.) Fabius was the pupil and patron of the historian Polybius, who has recorded some interesting and honourable traits of his filial and fraternal conduct, and of the affection entertained for him by his younger brother, Scipio Aemilianus. (Plb. 18.18.6
38.3.8; Cic. De Amic. 19, Paradox.