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Marcus Valerius Messala Barbatus was a Roman Senator and father of Messalina. Messala was consul for the year 20 with Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus as his colleague.[1] Suetonius referred to him as Barbatus Messala.[2]



Messala was the son of Claudia Marcella Minor and Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus.[3][4] 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 Valeria Messalina, wife of the Emperor Claudius.[5][2]


  1. ^ Fasti Arvales, fragments c & g; Fasti Ostienses, fragment Ce
  2. ^ a b Suetonius, Vita Claudi 26.2
  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.


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

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