LESBIAS INTRODUCTORY CARD
Lesbia was born around 95 B.C. in Rome, a city that at that time was troubled by a deep
Lesbia is the same person of Clodia, a woman accused by Cicero in the prayer "Pro
Caelio". She was Clodius sister and Quintus Metellus wife, a very
important man in Rome in the first century b.C.
the typical common upper class woman at that time, who got
anything in common with the female model proposed by the Roman tradition ("prisci
mores"): she was rich, learned, without inhibitions, ignoring pubblics
opinion who didn t express a flattering judgement on her.
Lesbia didnt have any respect for herself.
In fact, both Catullus and Cicero
describe her like a woman who, frightened by fidelty and by passion that a lover can feel
for her, fears for her freedom, because she doesnt want a too binding love, because
of her desire of indipendence, and she prefers to have got new relationships with other
men, though the recent death of her hausband.
Francesca Ferretto, Rosamaria Santoro, Giulia Scrinzi e Rachele Tommasi
Sirmione, Catullus' villa Cryptoporticus