Cato, Marcus Porcius (Cato the Elder)
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b. 234 BC in Tusculum;

d. 149 BC;

distinguished Roman politician and the ‘father’ of Roman prose literature.


The only book transmitted in manuscript form is De agricultura (On Farming). Of his other works, only fragments survive; these consist of his orations, and the historical work Origines.


The tradition depends upon a codex, Marcianus F…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Cato, Marcus Porcius (Cato the Elder)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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