Lucius Caecilius Metellus Diadematus


Lucius Caecilius Metellus Diadematus[a] was the second son of Roman politician and general Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus.

During his consulship in 117 BC he supported the development of roads in Italy and he probably built Via Caecilia. A year later he was Proconsul of Cisalpine Gaul. In 115 BC Diadematus was elected Censor and during his censorship with Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus they expelled 32 Senators from the Senate.[1]

He was an opponent of Lucius Appuleius Saturninus and when Saturninus in 100 BC tried to oppose the Senate by means of force, together with other Senators they went to arrest him.[2]

He lived to see the return of his first cousin, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus, from exile, and exerted himself to obtain his recall.[3]

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  1. ^ Cognomen derived from at some point having used a bandage to cover a wound on his head. (Cfr. F. Noel, in Dictionnaire Historique ...)


  1. ^ Cicero, Pro A. Cluentio 191; Livius, Periochae 62; Plutarchus, Marius 5.
  2. ^ Cicero, Pro C. Rabirio perduellionis reo 21.
  3. ^ Cicero, Oratio post reditum in senatu 37.
Political offices
Preceded by Roman consul
117 BC
With: Quintus Mucius Scaevola Augur
Succeeded by