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Marcus Valerius Messalla (Consul 20)

Roman senator
The basics
Occupation Politician
AKA Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus
Date of birth
Date of death 20 Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy
Children: Messalina Marcus Valerius Messala Corvinus
Father: Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus
Mother: Claudia Marcella Major
The details

Marcus Valerius Messala Barbatus was a Roman Senator and father of Messalina.


Messala was the son of Claudia Marcella Minor and Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus. Marcella was the daughter of Gaius Claudius Marcellus and 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 first cousin once removed Domitia Lepida the Younger and together they became the parents of Roman Empress Valeria Messalina, wife of the Emperor Claudius.

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