Much of what we know about Cato comes from Plutarch’s ‘Life of Cato’. There he is painted as having been an exceptionally bright child, mature beyond his years and, even at a young age, steadfast and immovable in his convictions. As a young man, Cato devoted himself to studying Stoic philosophy and went about cultivating himself to become a great Stoic citizen. This involved, to outward appearances at any rate, living in a very modest way, wearing the plainest of clothing and subjecting himself to the rain and cold in order to create a tolerance for discomfort. He also gained a reputation for being exceedingly honest and for possessing an unshakeable resolve. And he came from a very wealthy family which would have enabled him to live in dissolute luxury had he been so inclined.
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