henry john hudson

Neaera Reading a Letter from Catullus (c.1894). Henry John Hudson (British, 1862-1911). Oil on canvas. Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

“The poet who called himself Lygdamus, author of the elegies to Neaera, remains an enigma; he is the only Roman erotic poet who conceals his own identity as well as his beloved’s behind a pseudonym…[He] was long assumed to be Tibullus, but…various candidates have been advanced.” Including Catullus.