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Marco Porcio Catone

Data di nascita: 234 a.C.
Data di morte: 149 a.C.
Altri nomi: Marcus Porcius Cato, Marcus Porcius St. Cato, Марк Порций Катон Старший

Marco Porcio Catone è stato un politico, generale e scrittore romano, soprannominato "il Censore" , Sapiens, Priscus o maior per distinguerlo da Marco Porcio Catone Uticense, il suo pronipote.

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De agri cultura
Marco Porcio Catone

„La guerra si nutre da sola.“

—  Marco Porcio Catone

citato in Tito Livio, XXXIV, 9; 1997

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„La città è afflitta da due vizi tra loro opposti, l'avarizia e il lusso, rovinosi malanni che hanno fatto crollare tutti i grandi imperi.“

—  Marco Porcio Catone

citato in Tito Livio, XXXIV, 4
Originale: (la) [D]iversisque duobus vitiis, avaritia et luxuria, civitatem laborare, quae pestes omnia magna imperia everterunt.

„Grasp the subject, the words will follow.“

—  Cato the Elder

Cato's advice to orators (as quoted in Julius Victor, Art of Rhetoric. p. 197, Orell.; see also Wilhelm Sigismund Teuffel, Teuffel's History of Roman literature, Vol. 1 (1873), p. 158)
Cf. Dionysius Halicarnassensis, De Isocrate, ch. 12: "βούλεται δὲ ἡ φύσις τοῖς νοήμασιν ἕπεσθαι τὴν λέξιν, οὐ τῇ λέξει τὰ νοήματα." [Νature has it that style is in the service of thought, not the other way around.]
Variant translations:
Stick to your subject, and words will follow.
Get hold of the matter, the words will come of themselves.
Lay hold of the subject, and the words will follow.
Keep to the subject and the words will come.
Grasp the point, the words will follow.
Seize the subject; the words will follow.
Stick to the point; the words will follow.
Master the facts; the words will follow.
Lay hold of the substance, the words will follow.
Hold fast to the matter, the words will come.
Hang onto your meaning, and the words will come.
Have a grip of your theme and the words will come.
Hold the idea and the words will follow.
Stick to the meaning, and the words will take care of themselves.
Originale: (la) Rem tene, verba sequentur.

„All mankind rules its women, and we rule all mankind, but our women rule us.“

—  Cato the Elder

In bitter criticism of the prevalent domination of women (The Classical weekly, Vol. 25–26, 1932, p. 273).
Quoted in Plutarch Apophthegmata regum et imperatorum, in Greek.

„When you have decided to purchase a farm, be careful not to buy rashly; do not spare your visits and be not content with a single tour of inspection. The more you go, the more will the place please you, if it be worth your attention. Give heed to the appearance of the neighbourhood, - a flourishing country should show its prosperity. "When you go in, look about, so that, when needs be, you can find your way out."“

—  Cato the Elder, libro De agri cultura

Of buying a farm; Cited in John Claudius Loudon (1825) An Encyclopædia of Agriculture. Part 1. p. 14
Loudon commented: In the time of Cato the Censor, the author of The Husbandry of the Ancients observed, though the operations of agriculture were generally performed by servants, yet the great men among the Roman continued to give particular attention to it, studied its improvement, and were very careful and exact in the management of nil their country affairs. This appears from the directions given them by this most attentive farmer. Those great men had both houses in town, and villas in the country; and, as they resided frequently in town, the management of their country affairs was committed to a bailiff or overseer. Now their attention to the culture of their land and to every other branch of husbandry, appears, from the directions given them how to behave upon their arrival from the city at their villas.
De Agri Cultura, about 160 BC

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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