Notation 2016, No.2 »Paris Street Art«

“Second only to the master of us all, Clodia (1) has become the most discussed person in Rome. Versus of unbounded obscenity are scribbled about her over the walls and pavements of all the baths and urinals in Rome.” 
Thornton Wilder, The Ides of March

(1) Clodia was one of three known daughters of the ancient Roman patrician Appius Claudius Pulcher. Like many other women of the Roman elite, Clodia was very well educated in Greek and Philosophy, with a special talent for writing poetry.
Clodia was married to Metellus Celer, her first cousin. The marriage was not happy. Clodia had several affairs with married men (possibly including the poet, Catullus) and slaves. When Metellus Celer died in strange circumstances in 59 BC, Clodia was suspected of poisoning her husband. Clodia was found not guilty, and after the trial little or possibly nothing is heard of Clodia, and the date of her death is uncertain.

Tomaso Carnetto