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Headword: *ka/twn
Adler number: kappa,1113
Translated headword: Cato
Vetting Status: high
A Roman general. While he was still a very young man he was austere and hardworking, distinguished in both intellectual grasp and verbal dexterity; as a result the Romans used to call him "Demosthenes" for his speeches, recognizing that Demosthenes[1] had been the best orator in Greece.
It is said that when someone asked Cato the Elder for his opinion about matters in Carthage and about Scipio, he said: "he alone can think, but the rest flit about like shadows".[2]
Greek Original:
*ka/twn, strathgo\s *(rwmai/wn: o(\s ne/os me\n h)=n e)/ti pa/mpan, au)sthro\s de\ kai\ filo/ponos, sune/sei te gnw/mhs kai\ deino/thti lo/gwn a)ripreph/s, w(/ste au)to\n e)pi\ toi=s lo/gois e)ka/loun oi( *(rwmai=oi *dhmosqe/nhn, punqano/menoi to\n a)/riston e)n toi=s *(/ellhsi r(h/tora gene/sqai *dhmosqe/nhn. le/getai *ka/twna to\n presbu/thn, e)rome/nou tino/s, h(\n e)/xoi gnw/mhn peri\ tw=n e)n *karxhdo/ni pragma/twn kai\ peri\ tou= *skipi/wnos, ei)pei=n: oi)=os pe/pnutai, toi\ de\ skiai\ a)i/+ssousin.
The entry brings together biographical material on two stages in the long life of Marcus Porcius Cato Censorinus (234-149; see generally OCD(4) pp.1188-9.) Passage 1 derives from Appian, Iberica 160; for passage 2, a famous anecdote, cf. Polybius 36.6.7; Diodorus Siculus 32.9a.2; Livy Epitome 49, etc.
[1] delta 454, delta 455, delta 456.
[2] An approximation of Homer, Odyssey 10.495, on Teiresias; see already alpha 691.
Keywords: biography; epic; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 July 2001@03:47:03.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modifed translation; cosmetics) on 22 August 2003@22:17:47.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 24 August 2003@05:46:05.
David Whitehead (corrected primary note, at the prompting of Andrew Smith; cosmetics) on 11 October 2004@03:42:10.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@06:54:29.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@06:27:51.


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