Cato the Elder

243 BC - 149 BC

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Marcus Porcius Cato (; 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 lost 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 1,149,856 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Cato the Elder is the 94th most popular writer (up from 97th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from Italy (up from 104th in 2019) and the 10th 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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Among writers, Cato the Elder ranks 94 out of 5,794Before him are George Bernard Shaw, François Rabelais, Astrid Lindgren, Toni Morrison, Charles Bukowski, and Heinrich Heine. After him are José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Erich Maria Remarque.

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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 97 out of 4,088Before him are Antonio Salieri (1750), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Silvio Berlusconi (1936), Pliny the Elder (23), Pope Paul VI (1897), and Pope Innocent III (1160). After him are Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), Scipio Africanus (-235), Antoninus Pius (86), and Pope Benedict XV (1854).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Cato the Elder ranks 10Before him are Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Ovid (-43), Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), and Giorgio Vasari (1511). After him are Plautus (-254), Carlo Collodi (1826), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Catullus (-84), Pliny the Younger (61), and Juvenal (50).