7. Q. Aelius
Paetus, P. F. Q. N. (Fasti Capit.), son apparently of No. 5, and grandson of No. 4.
He was elected augur B. C. 174, in place of his father P. Aelius Paetus (Liv. 41.21
), and was consul B. C. 167, with M. Junius Pennus.
He obtained Gallia as his province, and his colleague Pisae, but the two consuls performed nothing of importance, and returned to Rome after laying waste the territory of the Ligurians. (Liv. 45.16
; Cic. Brut. 28
This is the Aelius of whom it is related by Valerius Maximus (4.3.7) and Pliny (Plin. Nat. 33.11
, s. 50), that the Aetolians sent him in his consulship magnificent presents of silver plate, since they had in a former embassy found him eating out of earthenware, and that he refused their gift. Valerits calls him Q. Aelius fubero Catus, and Pliny Catus Aelius; they both seem to have confounded him with other persons of the same name, and Pliny commits the further error of calling him the son in-law of L. Aemilius Paullus, the conqueror of Macedonia. [TUBERO.]