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Cato the Younger (Another Leaf Press) Paperback – May 4, 2013

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482330059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482330052
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,167,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This translation is from the late 1600's. Before buying, I suggest you take a look at the exact same text available on WikiSource to get an idea of the sentence syntax and horrible flow. The text is long out of copyright.

This Life sorely needs an updated translation. It is readable but it is painfully slow and tedious to get through. I didn't do the research into who John Dryden was before I bought this and expected it to be similar to Robin Waterfield's translations of other Lives. It's not nearly as enjoyable to read.

That being said, it is still in English, the quality of the book material itself is fine, and I am glad to have been able to read and gain insight from this Life.
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The ancient Stoics had exceptionally high standards for what they considered their idea philosopher: above all, one who would live the life of uncompromising virtue. Many ancient people attempted this demanding lifestyle but fell short. However, there was one Roman living during the time of Julius Caesar who perfectly embodied the Stoic ideal of a virtuous life: Cato the Younger. The biographer/philosopher Plutarch (45 AD - 120AD) writes of Cato and his strong, clear internal flame of virtue, justice and love of the truth. Below are quotes from the text along with my comments:

"Even from his infancy, in his speech, his countenance, and all his childish pastimes, Cato was of inflexible temper, unmoved by any passion, and firm in everything. He was resolute in his purpose, much beyond the strength of his age, to go through with whatever he undertook." Once when a politician visited Cato's home and asked the boy if he would support his (anti-Roman) action, Cato remained silent. The politician picked Cato up and held him out an upper-story window and demanded Cato to say `yes'. Cato remained unmoved, unalarmed and silent. The politician pulled Cato back, set him down, and said, "What a blessing for Italy, he is a but a child. If he were a man, I believe we should not gain one voice among the people." ---------- Ah, remaining unmoved and calm in the face of death, even as a child. If there ever was a born Stoic, Cato is our man.

"Having gained the intimate acquaintance of a stoic philosopher, Cato devoted himself to the study, about everything, of moral and political doctrine.
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