"You know the old poem – “In Rome Metelli are, ‘tis fate,/Elected to the consulate.”"
The Caecilia Metella Family Tree
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This saying has been doubtfully attributed to the poet Naevius (c.270-201 BC). In Cicero’s actual published speech against Verres, Cicero uses this saying to make a joke at the expense of Quintus Metellus, the second consul-elect, who had tried to threaten his Sicilian witnesses. He implies that it was Verres’ money, not fate, that got this particular Metellus elected:

“…whereas the rest of your family attained their consulships ‘by act of fate’, yours was the product of his efforts!” (Cicero, Against Verres 1)

See a larger version of the Metellus brothers' family tree here. Consuls in the family are marked with a c.