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Who succeeded Cato in Spain?

11) — by remarking that Cato, who spent much of his consulship of 195 BCE campaigning in Spain, was succeeded in that province by Scipio Africanus; in fact Cato was succeeded by P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica, Africanus’ cousin (see Astin 51-2).

What is the first section of Cato’s Italy?

The first section, “Cato’s Italy ” (pp. 7-8), surveys the political and economic situation of Italy in the 2nd century BCE, and sets Cato in context.

What paragraph does Dalby neglect Cato’s sense of humor?

Dalby neglects Cato’s sense of humor (p. 12, one paragraph, and n. 6). His outline of Cato’s family life (pp. 12-13), on the other hand, strikes me as balanced and accurate.

Was Cato satirical?

29.7.14) which has been cited as evidence for his irrational view of the Greeks. What few have realized (so far, only Gruen 78-80 has come to my attention) is that Cato’s words were satirical (in the modern sense).

Was Cato raised on a farm?

I see no conflict, but Dalby explains ( ibid.) that Cato was raised on a farm (“way of life”), but as an adult he managed from afar (“mere investment”). Third, Cato’s advice was not broadened much beyond the geographical area where he apparently learned from experience.

De Agri Cultura

Est interdum praestare mercaturis rem quaerere, nisi tam periculosum sit, et item fenerari, si tam honestum sit. Maiores nostri sic habuerunt et ita in legibus posiverunt, furem dupli condemnari, feneratorem quadrupli. Quanto peiorem civem existimarint feneratorem quam furem, hinc licet existimare.

Marcus Cato on Agriculture

It is true that to obtain money by trade is sometimes more profitable, were it not so hazardous; and likewise money-lending, if it were as honourable.

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