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Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola Messalla[1] (c. 10 – aft. 59) was a Roman Senator. Messalla was ordinary consul in AD 48 as the colleague of the future emperor Vitellius.


Based on the elements of his cognomen Popicola Messalla, Ronald Syme suggested that Vipstanus Poplicola was the son of Lucius Vipstanus Gallus and a postulated Valeria Messalla, the granddaughter of Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus.[2] He completed his consulate in July 48, and was succeeded by the consul suffectus Gaius Vipstanus Messalla Gallus, who has been suggested to have been his brother.[3][page needed]

In 58/59, Vipstanus Poplicola was appointed Proconsular governor of Asia.[4]

According to Syme, Vipstanus Poplicola's son was Gaius Valerius Poplicola, who was co-opted into a sacerdotal college in AD 63, but is not heard of afterwards, possibly having died before being old enough to accede to the consulate.[5]


  1. ^ Morgan, Gwyn, 69 A.D.: The Year Of Four Emperors (2006), pg. 283
  2. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 241
  3. ^ Christian Settipani. Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, 2000
  4. ^ Laale, Hans Willer, Ephesus (Ephesos): An Abbreviated History from Androclus to Constantine XI (2011), pg. 198
  5. ^ CIL VI, 2002; Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 242 n. 119
Political offices
Preceded by
Gnaeus Hosidius Geta,
and Gaius Volasenna Severus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Aulus Vitellius
Succeeded by
Quintus Veranius Nepos, and
Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus

as Suffect consuls