April 06, 2017

Today in History: Populist Caesar defeats Republican Cato at Battle of Thapsus

John RobsonArchive

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.

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commented 2017-04-07 09:37:33 -0400
Cato was truly a man of integrity and principle! This is the type of man we need to run for the conservative party. I wonder if there are any like him left in our country, let alone the world. He was definitely a hero, and should be remembered as such! History is always remade and glossed over, by the winners, even though, those who lost were head and shoulders above their victory. Thanks again John for another history lesson!
commented 2017-04-06 15:32:01 -0400
Great history lesson John. As an aside I couldn’t help but notice on the map of ancient times, Judea. No “ancient” Palestine. Go figure.