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porcius roman elder

Cato, name of 2 Roman statesman. Marcos Porcius Cato the Elder (234–149 B.C.), was an orator and prose writer. He became consul in 195 B.C. and censor in 184 B.C. His only surviving work is a treatise on agriculture. Marcus Porcius Cato the Younger, (95–46 B.C.), great-grandson of Cato the Elder, was a model stoic and defender of Roman republicanism. He supported Pompey against Gaius Julius Caesar in the Civil War, but after the final defeat of the republican army at Thapsus (46 B.C.), he killed himself at Utica.

See also: Rome, Ancient.

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