A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

2. A.Caecina, son of the preceding.

Cicero tells us (ad Fam. 6.6.3), that Caecina was trained by his father in the knowledge of the Etruscans, and speaks of him otherwise as a man of talent, and possessed of oratorical powers. Seneca (Quaest. Nat. 2.56) says, that he would have had some reputation in eloquence if he had not been thrown into the shade by Cicero.

In 47 Caecina was in Asia, and was recommended by Cicero to the proconsul P. Servilius, the governor of the province (ad Fam. 13.66): from thence he crossed over to Sicily, and was again recommended by Cicero to Furfanius, the governor of Sicily. (Ad. Fam. 6.9.) From Sicily he went into Africa, and, upon the defeat of the Pompeians there in the same year, B. C. 46, surrendered to Caesar, who spared his life. (Hirt. Bell. Afr. 89.)