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- Cato's Opposition to Caesar in 59 BC
- There is a strong tradition, particularly in the Greek sources, that Cato the Younger formed the focus of the opposition to the consul Caesar in 59, even that he placed his life at risk in the forum in an effort to prevent Caesar's agrarian legislation from being passed by the comitia tributa. This view is found in Plutarch's Life of Cato and, to a lesser extent, in his other Republican Lives, and it is repeated by both Appian in the Civil Wars and Dio Cassius. In the absence of Cicero's evidence for forensic resistance mounted by Cato in 59, only the 'Greek' tradition informs us of any overt opposition to Caesar's agrarian legislation in 59. We need to examine its trustworthiness by a study, first of Plutarch, since he gives the earliest and most circumstantial account, and secondly, of Appian and Dio, who appear to follow Plutarch. This study will then allow us to make some observations about both the level of resistance offered to Caesar's laws and the means used by Caesar to try and obtain compliance.
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Cato the younger;
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