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Cato the Elder (234–149 B.C.)

Cato, Marcus Porcius (kā’tō), the Censor. A Roman statesman and pamphleteer (234–149 B.C.). He exercised the broad powers of the censor’s office with inflexible, almost fanatical rigor, and absolute impartiality. In his eyes nothing was good that was not ancient. He wrote many tractates on different subjects; but one only of them is extant, ‘On Farming,’ a collection of the rules of good husbandry. Of his summary of the early annals of Rome, ‘Beginnings,’ we have only a few fragments. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).