Marcus Valerius Messala Barbatus

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Marcus Valerius Messala Barbatus (also found as Barbatus Messala in Suetonius)[1] was a politician at the beginning of the Roman Empire; he was notably consul in AD 20. He was also the father of empress Messalina, the wife of the Emperor Claudius.

Career[edit]

Messala was consul for the year 20 with Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus as his colleague.[2]

Family[edit]

Messala was the son of Claudia Marcella Minor and Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus.[3][4] Marcella was the daughter of Octavia the Younger, the sister of Augustus and great-niece of Julius Caesar. Through his mother Messala was related to the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. Messala also had a sister, Claudia Pulchra, who married Publius Quinctilius Varus.

Messala later married his cousin, Domitia Lepida the Younger, and together they became the parents of Valeria Messalina, wife of the Emperor Claudius.[5][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Suetonius, Claudius, xxvi. 2.
  2. ^ Fasti Arvales, fragments c & g; Fasti Ostienses, fragment Ce
  3. ^ Ronald Syme, Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p.147.
  4. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p. 205
  5. ^ Prosopographia Imperii Romani V 141.

Sources[edit]

  • W. Eck, Prosopographia Imperii Romani, Pars VIII, Fasciculus 2, Berlin, 2015 (PIR² V 141)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roman consul
20
with M. Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus
Succeeded by