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Cato the Younger by suburbanbeatnik Cato the Younger by suburbanbeatnik
Another commission I did recently for :iconcolonelliamross:. It's Cato the Younger, the incredibly upright and hardcore Roman senator who you might know from HBO's Rome or Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome books. Just to show you how hardcore he is, he's not wearing a tunic-- all he's got on is an old-fashioned toga, that's short and shows off his bare feet and well-muscled calves. Did I mention he was hardcore?

He actually was a good-looking guy, if insufferable. When he was young and feisty, he looked very much as depicted here. He also had red hair and a ginormous nose. But he didn't have a British accent, despite what television and movies might have you believe.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
 I'm very glad to see Marcus Porcius in such good fettle, as I must admit that acute pig-headedness, bad habit of boozing and emotional incontinence aside he's one of my favourite characters from the last days of the Republic and more particularly from 'Masters of Rome' (a series which I am just drawing to the end of almost as I type this); anyone who can reduce that handsome pair Caesar the Dicatator AND Servillia (Medea of the Gens Marcia) to just-coherent rage can't be all bad!

 This seems to capture his personality as depicted in the novels very well, although I fear that if Ms. McCullough's sketches are to be relied upon you may have somehow achieved the heroic feat of diminishing that natural wonder of the Roman world, the Catonian nose, to submission; I'm mildly astonished the Caesareans didn't stuff it and mount it on the Rostra, although less so that before I recognised that the sheer size of this proboscis would reduce mere ship-mounted battering rams to insignificance by comparison … 

 I fear that I may be learning to channel my inner Cicero.:D (Big Grin) 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL I love your inner Cicero! 

I think I prettied Cato up a tad, though IMO McCullough's sketches are so goofy... I think she should have hired someone to do the drawings for her. 

And hey look where my artwork also pops up! Hey there, Cato. alchetron.com/Cato-the-Younger…
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
 Goodness me but you're a bold one - I wouldn't dare approach him with anything less than a full-blown "Marcus Porcius SIR!" (although one must admit to naturally formal and subservient tendencies).:D (Big Grin) 

 I do tend to agree about Ms. McCullough's sketches, but in all fairness she IS a writer rather than an artist (although which her scholarship is excellent, one does tend to find her prose more sturdy than graceful - albeit I admit to being rather an exquisite where beauty is concerned; I hope that physical beauty does not entirely blind me to failings elsewhere, but I must admit that it sometimes dims the clarity of my vision).Oops!  
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Eh, I was underwhelmed by her drawings, even when I was a teenager. As for her writing... honestly, I haven't read her books since the early '90s, so my memory is fuzzy. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
 You lucky fellow you!;) (Wink) 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL what, I'm lucky because I have a fuzzy memory? ;P
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
 At least you won't have to pay for gallons of Mind-Bleach to repress unpleasant memories!:D (Big Grin) 
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MrPFS Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist
brilliant picture
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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fallenstar8 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
I just started watching Rome still on season 1 I am hooked though! This is a great depiction of Cato!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Luscinea Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Actually, I've heard it called "The Queen's Latin." Apparently its a long-standing theatrical convention. In the movie "Eagle," a new tradition was formed. Senators from North Africa spoke with an Alabama accent.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yes, it is a convention I am well aware of... and I've never liked it. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with casting pasty Anglo WASPy types as ancient Italians, which (as an Italian American myself) I find super irritating. Ah well...
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Luscinea Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Very accurate and a nice retro-projection. But I thought everybody in Rome spoke with a British accent. The Senators had nice Mayfair tones and the denizens of the Subura more like a north country burr--or maybe a NW industrial accent.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That reminds me how all the Macedonians in Oliver Stone's "Alexander" spoke with Irish accents. Holy crap, that movie was traumatizingly bad!
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SeamusDL Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Beautiful job :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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