Catonis dicta/Dicta Catonis (Catonis disticha/Disticha Catonis)
(780 words)

Collection of moral maxims from the 3rd/4th cent. AD. The author is anonymous; the suggestion that they could be attributed to Marcus Porcius Cato [1] Censorius is no longer deemed possible. Up to the early 19th cent., it was ascribed to one Dionysius Cato.; this identification had been sanctioned by the edition of Joseph Justus Scaliger (Leiden 1598).


The collection consists of: (1) a prefatory epistle in prose (Epistola Catonis); (2) …

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Landfester, Manfred, “Catonis dicta/Dicta Catonis (Catonis disticha/Disticha Catonis)”, 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 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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