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Cato [(kay-toh)]

A politician of ancient Rome, known for his insistence that Carthage was Rome's permanent enemy. He had a custom of ending all his speeches in the Roman senate with the words “Carthage must be destroyed.”

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Medici [(med-uh-chee)]

A family of skilled politicians and patrons of the arts who lived in Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance. (See Lorenzo de Medici.)

Note: The family produced two queens of France: Catherine, in the sixteenth century, and Marie, in the seventeenth.
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