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Cato

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Cato can refer to several different things.


  • Cato the name commonly used for the Distichs of Cato, a medieval Latin text used as a schoolbook, and moral compass throughout the Middle Ages. It is commonly known through its reference in Canterbury Tales, and Benjamin Franklin's 18th century translation.

  • Cato is a 18th century play by Joseph Addison, based upon the life of Cato the Younger. In this dramatic text, Cato is portrayed as a hero, fighting for liberty against the tyranny of Julius Caesar. The play is reported to be one of George Washington's favourite literature pieces, perhaps because of the fight of the Americans against the oppression of the English.




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