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

QuestionsWho was Cato? Why is he mentioned in the play?
Tanishqa asked 12 months 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 12 months 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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