April 6 marks Julius Caesar’s decisive victory at Thapsus in 46 BC over… well, who?
History only remembers winners, you may say. So the military genius and unbridled ambition of Caesar resonates to this day in popular culture.
But the critical loser at Thapsus was the far more admirable Cato the Younger, an incorruptibly principled defender of self-government.
And while the committed republican Cato committed suicide after the battle, Caesar who overthrew the republic was himself struck down less than two years later by his own friends and associates.
Let us celebrate Cato rather than worshipping vainglorious might.