4. The second wife of M. Cato Uticensis, to whom she bore many children, was the daughter of L. Marcius Philippus, consul B. C. 56.
It was about the year B. C. 56 that Cato is related to have ceded her to his friend Q. Hortensius, with the approbation of her father: some remarks upon this curious tale are made elsewhere. [Vol. I. p. 648b.] She continued to live with Hortensius till the death of the latter, in B. C. 50, after which she returned to Cato, who left her behind in Rome, placing his family and property under her care, when he fled from the city with the rest of the aristocratical party on Caesar's approach in B. C. 49. (Appian, App. BC 2.99
; Plut. Cat. min.
25, 39, 52; Lucan, 2.329