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Clodia

(klō`dĕə), fl. 1st cent. B.C., Roman matron, famous among the ancient Romans for her beauty; sister of Publius ClodiusClodius
(Publius Clodius Pulcher) , d. 52 B.C., Roman politician. He belonged to the Claudian gens (see Claudius), and his name is also written as Publius Claudius Pulcher. He was brother to Appius Claudius Pulcher and to the notorious Clodia. In 62 B.C.
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. She was suspected of murdering her husband, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Celer (see MetellusMetellus
, ancient Roman family of the plebeian gens Caecilia. Lucius Caecilius Metellus, d. c.221 B.C., consul (251 B.C.), fought in the First Punic War. He was pontifex maximus (from 243) and was said to have been blinded (241) in rescuing the Palladium from the burning
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, family), and she accused her lover, Marcus Caelius Rufus, of trying to murder her. According to tradition one of her many lovers was the poet CatullusCatullus
(Caius Valerius Catullus) , 84? B.C.–54? B.C., Roman poet, b. Verona. Of a well-to-do family, he went c.62 B.C. to Rome. He fell deeply in love, probably with Clodia, sister of Cicero's opponent Publius Clodius. She was suspected of murdering her husband.
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; if this is true then it was she whom he immortalized as Lesbia.
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He frequently accuses her of being unfaithful to him, which is in itself ironic because, if Lesbia was realty the Roman noblewoman Clodia Metelli - and there seems to be little doubt; that she was - she already had a husband.
Volume 33 in the Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture, this title provides primary sources on Clodia Metelli, the Roman woman who influenced Cicero, Catullus, and countless others.