Publius Cornelius Scipio (born 48 BC) was a Roman senator active during the Principate. He was consul in 16 BC as the colleague of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus.[1] He was also proconsular governor of Asia, probably around the years 8/7 BC.[2]


Little is known about Scipio's ancestry, beyond his father's praenomen Publius. The latest securely documented members of the Cornelii Scipiones was Metellus Scipio and his daughter Cornelia; there were still several Scipiones during the Principate, but how they are related is a subject of conjecture. The use of Publius, primarily used by the Scipiones Nasicae, could indicate that he was the grandson of Metellus Scipio, but he could have also been a son (or grandson) of Scipio Salvito.[3]

It was long believed the consul of 16 BC was the son of a hypothesized Publius Cornelius Scipio, the first husband of Scribonia, later the wife of Octavian.[4] Suetonius only mentions children from Scribonia's second marriage.[5]


At least two people have been identified as his children by an unidentified woman:

Syme also suggests possible third child, the "Cornelia Scipionum gentis" wife of the long-lived Lucius Volusius Saturninus, consul in AD 3.[11] However, in another part of his book Syme notes this Cornelia is mentioned in an inscription as "L.f."[12] and suggests Scipio's possible daughter was the mother of Volusius' wife by Lucius Cornelius Lentulus consul of 3 BC.[13] Etcheto rejects this connection with the Corneli Lentuli, and considers that she was a direct heir of the Scipiones, but does not attempt to identify her father.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy, p. 457
  2. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, pp. 252, 405.
  3. ^ Etcheto, Les Scipions, p. 191.
  4. ^ The history of this mistake is set forth in John Scheid, "Scribonia Caesaris et les Cornelii Lentuli", Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 100 (1976), pp. 485-491
  5. ^ Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 62: "Mox (Caesar) Scriboniam in matrimonium accepit, nuptam ante duobus consularibus, ex altero etiam matrem."
  6. ^ Velleius Paterculus, 2.100
  7. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, pp. 59, 252
  8. ^ Etcheto, Les Scipions, pp. 191, 192.
  9. ^ AE 1967, 458
  10. ^ Etcheto, Les Scipions, p. 192.
  11. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p 59
  12. ^ CIL XV, 7441
  13. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, pp. 252f
  14. ^ Etcheto, Les Scipions, pp. 192, 193.


Political offices Preceded byGaius Furnius, and Gaius Junius Silanusas Ordinary consul Consul of the Roman Empire16 BCwith Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus Succeeded byLucius Tarius Rufusas Suffect consul