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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 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 1,461,223 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Cato the Elder is the 105th most popular writer (down from 94th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Italy (down from 97th 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 105 out of 5,755Before him are Theodor Herzl, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, André Gide, Charles Bukowski, Erich Maria Remarque, and Nicolas Flamel. After him are Anatole France, Boris Pasternak, Du Fu, François Rabelais, Samuel Beckett, and Vladimir Nabokov.

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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 113 out of 4,668Before him are Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Luigi Galvani (1737), Lucrezia Borgia (1480), Silvio Berlusconi (1936), and Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938). After him are Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), Agatha of Sicily (235), Scipio Africanus (-235), Pope Pius V (1504), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), and Cardinal Mazarin (1602).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Cato the Elder ranks 10Before him are Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Horace (-65), Umberto Eco (1932), Giacomo Casanova (1725), and Giorgio Vasari (1511). After him are Plautus (-254), Carlo Collodi (1826), Catullus (-84), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Pliny the Younger (61), and Juvenal (50).