Those Stubborn Principles’: From Stoicism to Sociability in Joseph Addison’s Cato

CHRISTINE DUNN HENDERSON, MARK E. YELLIN
THE REVIEW OF POLITICS 76.2 (2014): 223-241

Abstract:  Joseph Addison’s 1713 play, Cato: A Tragedy, dramatizes the final days of Cato the Younger’s resistance to Julius Caesar before his eventual suicide at Utica in 46 BC. Although Addison initially seems to present Cato as a model for emulation, we argue that Addison is ultimately critical of both Cato and the Stoicism he embodies. Continue reading