Laelius, Caius

Laelius, Caius

(kā`əs lē`lēəs), d. c.160 B.C., Roman general, consul in 190 B.C. He was the intimate friend and companion of Scipio Africanus MajorScipio Africanus Major
(Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus) , 236–183 B.C., Roman general, the conqueror of Hannibal in the Punic Wars. He was the son of Publius Cornelius Scipio, and from a very early age he considered himself to have divine inspiration.
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 from youth, and he held command under him in numerous campaigns. His son Caius Laelius Sapiens, b. c.186 B.C., consul in 140 B.C., was famous for his friendship with Scipio Africanus Minor. Cicero named one of his great works Laelius; sive, De amicitia [Laelius; or, on friendship].