6. Cn. Cornelius
Scipio Asina, the son of No. 5.
The reason of his cognomen Asina is related by Macrobius (Macr. 1.6
He was consul in B. C. 260, with C. Duillius, in the fifth year of the first Punic war, and received the command of the fleet which the Romans had recently built.
In an attempt upon the Liparaean islands, he was taken prisoner with seventeen ships; but the details of his capture are related somewhat differently (Plb. 1.21
; Liv. Ep.
17; Oros. 4.7
; Eutrop. 2.20
; Flor. 2.2
; Zonar. 8.10
; V. Max. 6.6.2
; Polyaen. 6.16.5
He probably recovered his liberty when Regulus invaded Africa; for he was consul a second time in B. C. 254, with A. Atilius Calatinus.
In this year he was more successful.
He and his colleague crossed over into Sicily, and took the important town of Panormus.
The services of Scipio were rewarded by a triumph. (Plb. 1.38
; Zonar. 8.14
; V. Max. 6.9.11
; Fasti Capit.)