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(Gaius) Vipstanus Messalla Gallus (c. 10 BC – aft. 60 AD) was a Roman senator who was consul suffectus in the nundinium of July-December 48 as the colleague of Lucius Vitellius.[1] J. Devrecker has offered the argument that the elements in his name ought to be set out as Gaius Messalla Vipstanus Gallus.[2]

Based on his name, Ronald Syme suggested that Gallus was the son of Lucius Vipstanus Gallus and a Valeria Messalla, the granddaughter of Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus.[3] It is postulated that he was the brother of Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola, whom he succeeded in the consulship as a suffect consul in AD 48.

In 59 or 60, Gallus was appointed Proconsular governor of Asia.[4]

It is believed that Gallus is the father of the orator Lucius Vipstanus Messalla. Gallus' wife had earlier been married to Marcus Aquilius Regulus, by whom she had a son named Lucius Aquilius Regulus.[5]


  1. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for the Reign of Claudius", Classical Quarterly, 28 (1978), pp. 409, 425
  2. ^ Devrecker, "C. Messalla Vipstanus Gallus, ou l'histoire d'un nom", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 22 (1976), pp. 203-206
  3. ^ Syme, Ronald, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), pp. 241-242
  4. ^ Laale, Hans Willer, Ephesus (Ephesos): An Abbreviated History from Androclus to Constantine XI (2011), p. 198
  5. ^ Morgan, Gwyn, 69 A.D.: The Year Of Four Emperors (Oxford: University Press, 2006), p. 283
Political offices
Preceded by
Aulus Vitellius, and
Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola
Suffect Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 48
with Lucius Vitellius
Succeeded by
Quintus Veranius, and
Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus