Robert Harris 那西塞罗三部曲最后一部里描写庞贝大军全军覆灭后，罗马统一到凯撒手下：
For the first time we tasted life under a dictatorship: there were no freedoms any more; no magistrates, no courts; one existed at the whim of the ruler.
Cicero disagreed. “He could have had an easier death. He could have thrown himself from a building, or opened his veins in a warm bath, or taken poison. Instead he chose that particular method –exposing his entrails like a human sacrifice — to demonstrate the strength of his will and his contempt for Caesar. In philosophical terms it was a good death: the death of a man who feared nothing. Indeed I would go so far as to say he died happy. Neither Caesar, nor any moan, nor anything in the world could touch him.”
Sinewy in thought and person; indifferent to what men said of him; scornful of glory, titles and decorations, and even more of those who sought them; defender of laws and freedoms; vigilant in the public interest; contemptuous of tyrants, their vulgarities and presumptions; stubborn, infuriating, harsh, dogmatic; a dreamer, a fanatic, a mystic, a solder; willing at the last to tear the very organs from his stomach rather than submit to a conqueror –only the Roman Republic could have bred such a man as Cato, and only in the Roman Republic did such a man as Cato desire to live.