Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Kayla A. Nonn
This thesis examines the extent to which George Washington may have intentionally modeled himself upon Cato the Younger, the Roman senator who famously resisted tyranny during the decline of the Roman Republic. Having seen a rendition of Joseph Addison's Cato as a young man and quoting the play throughout his life, Washington was profoundly impacted by the performance and bore many resemblances to the play's protagonist. Though scholars often paint Washington as a near reincarnation of Cato, I will provide both an interpretation of Addison's Cato and evaluate Washington and Cato int their respective historical contexts in order to ultimately conclude that Washington was much more of a reasonable, practical politician than his Roman counterpart.
Nonn, Kayla A., "Virtue, Politics, and Republican Heroes: A Comparison of George Washington and Cato the Younger" (2015). CMC Senior Theses. 1025.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.