Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus

Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus (also known as Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus Appianus;[1][2] c. 45 BC – 12 BC) was a Roman Senator during the reign of Augustus. He was ordinary consul in 12 BC with Publius Sulpicius Quirinius as his colleague.[3]

Family backgroundEdit

Not much is known about his family background and early life. Appianus may have been the son of Appius Claudius Pulcher consul of 38 BC[4] by an unnamed wife. He was probably adopted by Marcus Valerius Messalla, suffect consul 32 BC, thus becoming Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus Appianus.[4]

Political careerEdit

According to the French historian Fr. François Catrou et Rouillé, Appianus served as a quaestor in the army of the Roman Triumvir Mark Antony. After this, little is known about his remaining political career beyond his consulship in 12 BC. He died not long afterwards.[1]

Marriage and issueEdit

About 14 BC, Appianus married Claudia Marcella Minor, a daughter of Octavia the Younger; Claudia Marcella Minor's maternal uncle was the Roman emperor Augustus.[1] Marcella bore Appianus two children, a daughter Claudia Pulchra and a son Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus.[4][1] Although there has been some speculation that Claudia's father might actually have been Publius Claudius Pulcher, the son of Clodius.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p. 205
  2. ^ Habelt, "A PROPOSITO DEI MATRIMONI DI MARCELLA MINORE E DEL MONVMENTVM DEI SUOI SCHIAVI E LIBERTI", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 111
  3. ^ Attilio Degrassi, I fasti consolari dell'Impero Romano dal 30 avanti Cristo al 613 dopo Cristo (Rome, 1952), p. 4
  4. ^ a b c Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 147
  5. ^ Syme, Ronald (1989). "Two Nieces of Augustus". The Augustan Aristocracy. Clarendon paperbacks (new, illustrated, reworked ed.). Clarendon Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780198147312.

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Political offices
Preceded by Roman consul
January–March 12 BC
with P. Sulpicius Quirinius
Succeeded byas suffect consul