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

7. COSCONIUS, a writer of Epigrams in the time of Martial, attacked the latter on account of the length of his epigrams and their lascivious nature. He is severely handled in two epigrams of Martial. (2.77, 3.69; comp. Weichert, Poetarum Latinorum Reliquiae, p. 249, &c.)

Varro speaks (L. L. 6.36, 89, ed. Müller) of a Cosconius who wrote a grammatical work and another on "Actiones," but it is uncertain who he was.

It is also doubtful to which of the Cosconii the following coin refers. It contains on the obverse the head of Pallas, with L. Cosc. M. F., and on the reverse Mars driving a chariot, with L. LIC. CN. DOM. It is therefore supposed that this Cosconius was a triumvir of the mint at the time that L. Licinius and Cn. Domitius held one of the higher magistracies; and as we find that they were censors in B. C. 92, the coin is referred to that year. (Eckhel. v. p. 196.)