Lucius Caecilius Metellus Denter

Lucius Caecilius Metellus Denter was consul in 284 BC, and praetor the year after. In this capacity he fell in the war against the Senones, and was succeeded by Manius Curius Dentatus.[1][2][3][4]

Fischer, in his Römische Zeittafeln, has him as praetor and also dying in 285 BC, and in the year following he has him again as consul. Drumann denies the identity of the consul and the praetor, on the ground that it was not customary for a person to hold the praetorship the year after his consulship; but examples of such a mode of proceeding do occur, so Drumann's objection fails.[5][6][7]

Denter may have been the father of Lucius Caecilius Metellus, consul in 251 and 247 BC. The latter's filiation is given as "L. f. C. n.", the son of Lucius and grandson of Gaius. In this case, Denter's father would have been Gaius Caecilius Metellus. An alternative hypothesis makes him the son or nephew of a Quintus Caecilius, supposedly tribune of the plebs in 316 BC. No corresponding individual appears in The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, or in the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.[8][9]

See also


  1. Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita Epitome, 12.
  2. Paulus Orosius, Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri VII, iii. 22.
  3. Polybius, The Histories, ii. 19.
  4. Fast. Sicul.
  5. E.W. Fischer, Römische Zeittafeln (1846).
  6. Wilhelm Drumann, Geschichte Roms, ii. 18.
  7. Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, x. 22 (Appius Claudius Caecus was praetor in 295 B.C., having held the consulship in 296).
  8. T. Robert S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic (1952).
  9. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Claudius Canina,
and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus
Consul of the Roman Republic
284 BC
with Gaius Servilius Tucca
Succeeded by
Gaius Servilius Tucca,
and Manius Curius Dentatus II

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 

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