Merchant of Venice

merchant of venice act I scene I

who was cato and brutus ?

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The Potia in Merchant of Venice is compared to another Portia, she was extremely beautiful, who was the daughter of Cato Uttisenses. Portia (daughter of Cato) had married Marcus Brutus who was the murderer of Julius Caesar. THe comparison is made to show how beautiful Bassanio's Portia is.