Marcus Tullius Cicero (essay date 46 B.C.)
SOURCE: Marcus Tullius Cicero, "The Brutus: The Importance of Oratory," in On Government, translated by Michael Grant, Penguin Books, 1993, pp. 221-334.
[Cicero referred to Cato in many of his works, often making the earlier orator a character in ethical dialogues. In the excerpt below, Cicero praises Cato's skills as an orator.]
Cato's speeches are almost as numerous as those of the Athenian (to whom, however, I believe that some are wrongly attributed). I call Lysias Athenian because he was certainly born and died at Athens, although Timaeus,1 by a sort of Licinian and Mucian law,2 ascribes him to Syracuse instead. Between Lysias and Cato there...
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