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Friday, March 07, 2008

Interview 3

Marcus Porcius Catō Uticensis (95 – 46 BC), known as Cato the Younger (Cato Minor) to distinguish him from his great-grandfather (Cato the Elder) was a politician and statesman in the late Roman Repuclic, and a follower of the Stoic philosophy. He is remembered for his legendary stubbornness and tenacity (especially in his lengthy conflict with Gaius Julius Caesar), as well as his immunity to bribes, his moral integrity, and his famous distaste for the ubiquitous corruption of the period.
Cato is remembered as a Stoic philosopher and one of the most active paladins of the Republic. His high moral standards and incorruptible virtue gained him praise even from his political enemies. After Cato's death, both pro- and anti-Cato treatises appeared; amongst them Cicero wrote a panegyric, entitled Cato, to which Caesar (who never forgave him for all the obstructions) answered with his Anti-Cato. Cicero's pamphlet has not survived, but some of its contents may be inferred from Plutarch's Life of Cato, which also repeats many of the stories that Caesar put forward in his Anti-Cato. (Wikipewdia)
Questions: A) Why were you so blind to the damage your stubborness caused all of Rome? B) How could you and the Optimates have been so deaf to the cries of misery from the population of Rome you policies created? C) How could a defender of The Republic refuse to compromise when that's the very nature of representative government? D) When you finally committed suicide did you feel any remorse for all the lives lost and property destroyed because you could not permit Caesar to have a triumph? E) Can you look back now and see all the destruction done throughout history by those who followed Caesar's footsteps?

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