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The Roman politician Marcius Porcius Cato the Elder (234-149 BC) is considered an important ancient author on viticulture. Also known as "Cato the Censor", he grew up on his father's estate near Reate close to Rome. He reached the highest offices of state in a very short time (quaestor, aedile, praetor, censor and consul in Spain). Cato vehemently opposed corruption, ostentation and extravagance and propagated the old Roman customs in contrast to Greek culture, which he regarded as dangerous and pernicious. Because of his feared severity, he was nicknamed Censorius during his term of office as censor.

Ceterum censeo carthaginem esse delendam

He is probably best known for his famous statement at the end of each of his many senate speeches "Ceterum censeo carthaginem esse delendam", with which he preached or demanded the complete destruction of the city of Carthage for many years (incidentally, I am of the opinion that Carthage must be destroyed). In the last year of Cato's life, the Third Punic War did indeed break out, as a result of which Carthage was completely destroyed. However, he did not live to see its complete destruction three years later in 146 BC.

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