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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Trochilidae.


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  • The name Lesbia (which scans like Clodia) may be got from Sappho, the

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • Didn't Catullus call Lesbia an ilia rumpens (XI, 20)?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol II No 2

  • We sat out on the balcony together in the starlight for a little while, until Mrs. Fullerton called Lesbia in.

    Uncle Max

  • To-night her father, in his library, heard the sweet, true tones of her voice in "Lesbia" and "Believe Me," and remembered his mother singing those same old songs.

    Martie, the Unconquered

  • "Lesbia," the Roman said, "you complained, yesterday, that you had not enough slaves to keep the garden in proper order, so I have bought you two more from the slave market.

    For the Temple A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem

  • Even, as you mention, when Humbert says “this Lolita” towards the end of the novel, although he momentarily breaks from his solipsism (transforming from lust to love), he is also providing a parody of Catullus that is sustained throughout the novel (“my Lesbia, that Lesbia”).

    The enactment of moral experience

  • Neatly, he was the brother of Clodia - the woman whom many scholars suspect is the real subject of the poems dedicated to ‘Lesbia’.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • The Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus was known in his time -- and indeed remains known today -- mostly for the erotic verses he wrote for a woman whom he called "Lesbia."

    Lapham's Quarterly: David Foster Wallace, R.I.P.

  • Lesbia and Gerardo Martinez of Hartford, Conn., say they reduced their uninsured-motorist policy ($600,000 for two cars) to Connecticut's effective $40,000 minimum after Lesbia read Givens's best seller, "Wealth Without Risk."

    Still Too Good To Be True

  • (Still, Focus on the Family may not care for the unfinished, and undated, poem about "two women on a farm without a man" who have a dairy cow named "Lesbia.")

    The Man With Two Brains


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