Marcus Porcius Cato Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Copley, Frank O. "Early Prose, Cato." In Latin Literature from the Beginnings to the Close of the Second Century A.D. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969, pp. 56-65.

Considers Cato's influence on Latin prose in the context of the development of Latin prose literature in general.

Grant, Michael. "Cato the Censor and After." In The Ancient Historians. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970, pp. 167-80.

Assesses Cato's contribution to Roman historiography, emphasizng in particular his reaction against Greek influences.

Grenier, Albert. "The New Spirit and the Old Ideal: Scipio Africanus and the Cato the Censor." In The Roman Spirit in Religion, Thought, and Art. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1926, pp. 138-53.

Presents Cato as a hero of Roman culture, leading the resistence against Greek influence and promoting the values of ordinary citizens against the excesses of the nobility.

Kienast, D. Cato der Zensor. Heidelberg, 1954.

Authoritative German study; portrays Cato as an ambitious political maneuverer who allied himself with most of the Roman aristocracy.

Leeman, A. D. "Rhetoric in the Archaic Period." In Orationis Ratio: The Stylistic Theories and Practice of the Roman Orators, Historians, and Philosophers. Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert, 1963, pp. 19-42.

Claims for Cato the status of Rome's "true creator of oratorical and historical prose," substantiated with close readings of De agricultura.

Montanelli, Indro. "Cato." In Romans without Laurels. Trans. Arthur Oliver. New York: Pantheon Books, 1959, pp. 109-15.

Frames a portrait of Cato with a description of the Roman political scene.

Till, R. Die Sprache Catos. Leipzig, 1936.

Standard, extended, German study of Cato's style.

Von Albrecht, Michael. "The Beginnings of Literary Prose: M. Porcius Cato (234-149 B.C.)." In Masters of Roman Prose: From Cato to Apuleius. Trans. Neil Adkin. Leeds, England: Francis Cairns, 1989, pp. 1-32.

Delves into three selections of Cato's writings for detailed study of his prose style; provides translations of selected passages.