Who was Cato? Why is he mentioned in the play?

QuestionsWho was Cato? Why is he mentioned in the play?
Tanishqa asked 2 years ago

Who was Cato? Why is he mentioned in William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

Cato or Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis was a Roman statesman in the pre-Christian era.
 
In Act I, Sc 1 of the play The Merchant of Venice, Portia is compared to another Portia, famous Roman heroine, the daughter of Cato and wife of Brutus for her beauty and world-famous riches.

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ASHNOOR answered 2 months ago

Cato is the father of Brutus’ wife Portia. He is mentioned here to tell that Bassanio’s Portia is no less beautiful than her namesake Brutus’s wife Portia.

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