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Lucius Porcius Cato

Bust of Lucius Porcius Cato at Nordkirchen, Germany

Lucius Porcius Cato was a Roman general and politician who became consul in 89 BC alongside Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo. He died at the Battle of Fucine Lake, possibly at the hands of Gaius Marius the Younger.


The son of Marcus Porcius Cato Salonianus, Cato was elected Praetor in 92 BC.[1] In 90 BC, he was given a propraetorial command during the Social War, and defeated an Etruscan army which had joined the revolt.[2][3] He was elected consul in 89 BC, and was given command of the northern theatre of the war against the Marsi tribe.[4] Although his troops were undisciplined and mutinied at one point,[4][3] he managed to inflict a defeat on them early on.[4] However, at the Battle of Fucine Lake in the winter of 89 BC, he was winning an engagement with the Marsi when he was killed near the end of the battle, leading to a Marsic victory.[3] Although it is usually assumed that he was killed by Marsic soldiers, at least one source

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