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Cicero and Clodia II by suburbanbeatnik Cicero and Clodia II by suburbanbeatnik
I painted this last summer for my friend E. who runs a classics blog, who is as intrigued by Cicero and Clodia as I am, and who wrote some very amusing reviews about various Clodia-centric historical novels.

For those not as geeky as us, Cicero was a super famous Roman orator who really liked to talk about himself, almost as much as he liked to talk about Clodia (she is mentioned quite a lot in his letters). He, of course, liked to pose as the Defender of Roman Virtue, and she was a Bad, Bad Girl (he was quite fascinated with her badness, trust me). E. and I are of the opinion that this mismatched pair had a Thing, although the exact nature of this Thing is unfortunately lost to the mists of time. But by golly, they sure did clash a lot! And if there's anything I learned from TV Tropes, that means only one thing.

I would love to see a romantic comedy written about these two, but of course it would end with a pile of corpses. Ah, those Romans.

Here's a previous sketch I did of Cicero and Clodia: [link]
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Yes, please!
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GuddiPoland Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Ekuboryu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
love this! I love the colors, the expressions. She looks so smug and he looks so very annoyed. You make them look quite individual. And the clothes are so well done with all those folds!

All in all, awesome
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I like Roman costumes a lot, as you might be able to tell. :)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh dear you have stolen my heart!
I am an utter roman- maniac, I read each novel that comes out about the subject and non fiction too!
I loved imperium and lustrum from Robert harris so much as the novel about the life of cicero, oh don't get me started
and steven saylor wrote about the period too in his devine gordianus novels, waw, this is great!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Personally I'm a big John Maddox Roberts fan. I dig Gillian Bradshaw too, and Benita Kane Jaro.

It's too bad there's never been a really good book about Clodia. She always seems to be pigeonholed as an incestuous femme fatale, and I think she was actually pretty complicated and sympathetic.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I devour john maddox!!!
Gillian bradshaw is good too and I love lindsay davis!
and then you have the books about "I claudia"

let's write that novel then! lol
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Eventually! :XD:
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FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Haha. romantic comedy ending in corpses. Romans indeed!
Lovely painting! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup, that's the Roman way, isn't it? Meeting cute and then ending in a bloodbath.

Thanks!
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FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Haha, oh the Romans. You're welcome <3
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fyr-draca Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
YEAY!!!! This is awesome! I love this idea, definately DeviantWatching you, not to sound like a creeper or anything. Love your art!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That would be absolutely excellent if they did indeed have a Thing. And it would fit so well with the utter bizarreness of late Republican society.

O Cicero and your horrendous run-on sentences...

I also vote for the romantic comedy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you approve of my 'shipping choice! :D

There is indeed evidence of there being a Thing (i.e. Sallust's weird story of Cicero wanting to marry her, and Terentia's jealousy). I find it amusing so many people have brushed this story off as unfounded gossip, when they so easily believe Caligula slept with half his family. Because you know, two people who fight a lot and who are total opposites... HOOKING UP!? It would never happen!
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azaneti Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Cicero! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup, that's him!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, Cicero talked about someone other than HIMSELF? And Cataline? Holy crap! Obviously we skipped that part in college Latin... ;P

I love the quality of brushstroke here! Is it acrylic? Looks like pastel from a distance, actually. No matter what it is, I love your handling of texture and line. It has a certain aged quality without being TOO old or "classical." It's still fresh and fun to look at. Nice work! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, Cicero was a pretty self absorbed guy, huh? I can see him talking to his therapist FOR HOURS, enchanted by the cleverness of his own insights, not to mention the sound of his own voice. But he had his moments...

I painted it in my Moleskine with acrylic. Thanks! :D
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