3. N. FABIUS PICTOR, also son of No. 1, was consul B. C. 266 with D. Junius Pera, and triumphed twice in this year, like his colleague, the first time over the Sassinates, and the second time over the Sallentini and Messapii (Fasti).
It appears to have been this Fabius Pictor, and not his brother, who was one of the three ambassadors sent by the senate to Ptolemy Philadelphus, in B. C. 276 (V. Max. 4.3.9
, with the Commentators). For an account of this embassy see OGULNIUS.
Cicero says that N. Fabius Pictor related the dream of Aeneas in his Greek Annals (Cic. Div.
This is the only passage in which mention is made of this annalist. Vossius (de Hist. Latin.
i. p. 14) and Krause (Vitae et Fragm. Hist. Roman.
p. 83) suppose him to be a son of the consul of B. C. 266, but Orelli (Onom. Tull.
p. 246) and others consider him to be the same as the consul. One is almost tempted to suspect that there is a mistake in the praenomen, and that it ought to be Quintus.