He didn't like Greeks. He didn't like Carthage. He didn't like hero generals lying around spending the Treasury's money. He didn't like women who displayed too much luxury and ostentation.
What a guy.
Meet Cato the Elder, a stick in the mud of the ancient Roman Republic, who felt it was his duty to keep everyone in line.
Hopefully, his descendants would be more fun. In a future episode, we'll meet his great-grandson--Cato the Younger, and find out that the apple doesn't really fall far from the tree.
Stay tuned for Stubborn Nags of Ancient Rome, Part II.
Have a listen to the History's Trainwrecks Podcast at the links or embedded players below:
Duncan, Mike. “The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of
the End of the Roman Republic” Public Affairs, 2017.
Livy, “The Early History of Rome.” Penguin Classics, 2002