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Messalina


Statue of Messalina. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Messalina (Louvre, Paris)
Valeria Messalina (c.25-48): name of a Roman empress, wife of the emperor Claudius.

Life

  • c.25 Born as the daughter of Marcus Valerius Barbatus and Domitia Lepida
  • 39 Marries Claudius
  • 40 Birth of Octavia
  • 41 Death of Caligula; accession of Claudius; birth of Britannicus
  • 42 Fall of Gaius Appius Iunius Silanus; fall of Julia Livilla
  • 43 Overseer of the Vestal Virgins; fall of Julia Drusila and Catonius Justus
  • 47 Fall of Valerius Asiaticus, Mnester, and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
  • 48 Divorce from Claudius; marriage to Gaius Sillius; executed
  • Damnatio memoriae
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