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