1. Marcus Por·ci·us [pawr-shee-uh s, -shuh s] /ˈpɔr ʃi əs, -ʃəs/, the Elderorthe Censor, 234–149 b.c., Roman statesman, soldier, and writer.
  2. his great-grandsonMarcus Porciusthe Younger, 95–46 b.c., Roman statesman, soldier, and Stoic philosopher. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Marcus Porcius (ˈmɑːkəsˈpɔːʃɪəs), known as Cato the Elder or the Censor. 234–149 bc, Roman statesman and writer, noted for his relentless opposition to Carthage
  2. his great-grandson, Marcus Porcius, known as Cato the Younger or Uticensis. 95–46 bc, Roman statesman, general, and Stoic philosopher; opponent of Catiline and Caesar
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A politician of ancient Rome, known for his insistence that Carthage was Rome's permanent enemy. He had a custom of ending all his speeches in the Roman senate with the words “Carthage must be destroyed.”

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