Cato the Elder


Marcus Porcius Cato, better known as Cato the Censor or Cato the Elder (234-149 BCE), was an influential political figure of the Roman Republic. Serving as quaestor, aedile, praetor, consul, and censor, he championed Roman virtues and detested Greek culture. He wrote the first Roman histories in Latin and was an eloquent orator. Towards the end of his career, he advocated for the Third Punic War with his famous line, "Carthage must be destroyed."

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  • 234 BCE - 149 BCE
    Life of Cato the Elder.
  • 218 BCE - 201 BCE
    Second Punic War.
  • 202 BCE
    Cato the Elder serves as quaestor.
  • 199 BCE
    Cato the Elder serves as aedile.
  • 198 BCE
    Cato the Elder serves as praetor.
  • 195 BCE
    Marcus Porcius Cato serves as consul and lands an army at Empuries in northeastern Spain to quash the Iberian revolt.
  • 184 BCE
    Cato the Elder is made censor.
  • 150 BCE
    A Carthaginian army attacks Numidia, breaking the peace treaty agreed with Rome and sparking the Third Punic War.
  • 149 BCE - 146 BCE
    Third Punic War.