This is an image of Marcus Porcius Cato, AKA Cato the Elder. The long-lived Cato was the subject of Cicero's treatise On Old Age. Cato is known for ending every speech in the Forum with the words Delenda est Cartago-Carthage must be destroyed!
* Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis* Cato the Younger. (* Roma, 95 d. - Utica, d.
Initial letter M depicting Marcus Porcius Cato the Censor, Cato the Elder, miniature from In libris epitomatum illustriorum virorum Plutarchi, by Pietro Candido Decembrio (1392-1477), parchment manuscript, cod CCXXXIX, folio 88, recto. Italy, 15th century.
The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 BC to 146 BC. The main cause of the Punic Wars was the conflicts of interest between the existing Carthaginian Empire and the expanding Roman Republic.
CATO the Elder. Opossition of Julius Caesar! Fantastic coin! Rare Roman AR coin
LAUGHING AUGURS "Cicero wondered how two augurs could meet without bursting into laughter at the absurdity of their profession" - lithograph by Planetta in Jose Coroleu, 'Las Supersticiones de la Humanidad' 1891) volume 2 page 156; cf. the De Divinatione, where an anecdote from Cato the Elder is given.