Cato the Elder

243 BC - 149 BC

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Marcus Porcius Cato (, KAY-toe; 234–149 BC), also known as Cato the Censor (Latin: Censorius), the Elder and the Wise, was a Roman soldier, senator, and historian known for his conservatism and opposition to Hellenization. He was the first to write history in Latin with his Origines, a now fragmentary work on the history of Rome. His work De agri cultura, a rambling work on agriculture, farming, rituals, and recipes, is the oldest extant prose written in the Latin language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cato the Elder has received more than 1,749,211 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Cato the Elder is the 132nd most popular writer (down from 105th in 2019), the 155th most popular biography from Italy (down from 112th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Italian Writer.

Cato the Elder was a Roman statesman and historian. He is most famous for his book "De Agri Cultura," which is a treatise on farming.

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Cato, the Censor, on farming
Agriculture, Ancient
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Roman Farm Management
De agri cultura
On agriculture
Les origines
Originum libri septem


Among writers, Cato the Elder ranks 132 out of 7,302Before him are Paul Verlaine, François Villon, Alexandre Dumas fils, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Plautus. After him are Hafez, Samuel Beckett, Günter Grass, Adam Mickiewicz, Yukio Mishima, and Carlo Collodi.

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Among people born in 243 BC, Cato the Elder ranks 1After him are Mago Barca, and Seleucus III Ceraunus. Among people deceased in 149 BC, Cato the Elder ranks 1After him is Prusias II of Bithynia.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Cato the Elder ranks 155 out of 5,161Before him are Marcello Mastroianni (1924), Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Andrea Mantegna (1431), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Pope Pius VI (1717), and Leon Battista Alberti (1404). After him are Galba (-3), Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), Gaius Marius (-157), and Fra Angelico (1400).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Cato the Elder ranks 12Before him are Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), and Plautus (-254). After him are Carlo Collodi (1826), Catullus (-84), Pliny the Younger (61), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Juvenal (50), and Carlo Goldoni (1707).