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Name of a Plebeian family from Tusculum. In the belief that the family had been pig-breeders, in antiquity their name was derived from porcus  (Varro Rust. 2,1,10 etc.). From the middle of the 3rd century BC, the Catones and Licinii branches belonged to Rome's leading class and at the beginning of the 2nd century, they attained the consulship with  Cato [1] (Censorius) and P. [I 13]. The exact blood relationship between the most prominent bearer of the name, Cato [1], and his great-grandson, P. [I …

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Nadig, Peter C. (Duisburg), Frigo, Thomas (Bonn), Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main), Suerbaum, Werner (Munich), Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld), Eck, Werner (Cologne) and Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance), “Porcius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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