Catullus and Clodia or Reading, detail. Giulio Aristide Sartorio (Italian, 1860-1932). Oil on canvas.

Like many other women of the Roman elite, Clodia was very well educated in Greek and Philosophy, with a special talent for writing poetry. Her life, immortalized in the writings of Marcus Tullius Cicero and also, it is generally believed, in the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus, was characterized by perpetual scandal.