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Scipionic circle
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Modern term for a circle of friends (of debatable historicity) supposedly surrounding P. Cornelius [I 70] Scipio Aemilianus Africanus (cos. 147, 134 BC). Its members - including C. Laelius [I 2] (cos. 140), L. Furius [I 28] Philus (cos. 136), Sp. Mummius [I 4] and P. Rupilius [I 1] (cos. 132) - are supposed to have been connected by a particular interest in Greek culture (Philhellenism) and a more humane Roman foreign policy (influenced by Stoic teachings as transmitted by Panaetius [4]). The idea of a fixed group can be traced to Cicero, who for the historical bac…

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), “Scipionic circle”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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