Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis (95 BC, Rome – April 46 BC, Utica), commonly known as Cato the Younger to distinguish him from his great-grandfather (Cato the Elder), was a politician and statesman in the late Roman Republic, and a follower of the Stoic philosophy. A noted orator, he is remembered for his stubbornness and tenacity, as well as his immunity to bribes, his moral integrity, and his famous distaste for the ubiquitous corruption of the period.
CARTHAGO DELENDA EST. At the height of the Punic Wars, fought between Rome and Carthage from 264-146BC, a Roman statesman named Cato the Elder had a habit of ending all of his speeches to the Senate with the motto "Carthago delenda est," or "Carthage must be destroyed." His words quickly became a popular and rousing motto in Ancient Rome, and nowadays can be used figuratively to express your absolute support for an idea or course of action.
Carthage. Cata the Elder 150BC Carthage. Cata the Elder 150BC Carthage must be destroyed. (Cato the Elder said this in 150BC. (Ancient Carthage would now be a suburb of Tunis in Tunisia.) http://www.finelifeart.com/carthage-cata-the-elder-150bc/
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.
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.