while still in college, i fell in love with photography and the darkroom. my passion for photographs has not faded since then, and i still have virtually every negative i've ever exposed.
of my school's two Latin teachers, Miss Coates and Miss Yergin, i believe it was Miss Coates who introduced our little class to the works of Gaius Catullus
Catullus was the leader of what were mockingly called by the establishment poets in the time of Julius Caesar "poetae novi" (the new poets). instead of fusty epics about gods and generals, the new poets engaged in self-revelation about their personal life.
most prominent in Catullus's personal life was his mad love affair with a woman whose reputation was not too dissimilar from Madonna's today. except that, unlike Madonna, she was a respected poetess and playwright in Roman literary circles, and was born into one of Rome's most ancient aristocratic families.
because she was married at the time to a Roman Consul, Catullus could not use her real name in his love poetry. instead, his poems refer to her as "Lesbia
", a double entendre
that includes reference to the island where Catullus's poetic muse, Sappho
had written her love poetry 500 years earlier.
i'm taking photographs for use in a sequel to the book i've already written about Lesbia: Behind Lesbia's Door: Her Slave-girls' Shocking Revelations
. please note: Melusine [MM #503423] adorns the cover of my earlier book The Psycholanalysis of Dreams