Clodia klō´dĕə [key], fl. 1st cent. BC, Roman matron, famous among the ancient Romans for her beauty; sister of Publius Clodius . She was suspected of murdering her husband, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Celer (see Metellus , 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 Catullus ; if this is true then it was she whom he immortalized as Lesbia.
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