Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Cato
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(Marcus Porcius Cato 'the Younger', also Cato Uticensis; Greek Κάτων/Kátōn)

A. Historical dimension

The Roman politician C., called 'the Younger' or C. Uticensis (95–46 BC) stands as an emblem of the downfall and retrospective greatness of the Roman Republic. The great-grandson of the homo novus Cato Censorius (C. the Elder), C. proved an implacable champion of the interests of the Roman nobility, which made him the bitter enemy of Caesar (who for his part made fun of C.'s puritanical morality when the occasion arose: Plut. Cato Minor 24) when, as tribunus plebis designate in 63 BC,…

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Schmitzer, Ulrich, “Cato”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004601>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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