Lucius Valerius Messalla Apollinaris

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Lucius Valerius Messalla Apollinaris (fl. 3rd century) was a Roman senator who was appointed consul in AD 214.

Biography[edit]

Messalla Apollinaris, a member of the third century gens Valeria, was possibly the son of Lucius Valerius Messalla Thrasea Priscus. He apparently did not suffer any repercussions following the purge that saw his father put to death on the orders of the emperor Caracalla in AD 212, and in fact he was appointed consul prior in AD 214, alongside Gaius Octavius Appius Suetrius Sabinus.[1]

It is believed this Messalla Apollinaris was the Valerius Messalla who was the Proconsul of Asia sometime between 236 and 238. If so, there must have been some political circumstance that resulted in such a lengthy gap between his consulship and the proconsular governorship.[2]

It is speculated that Messalla Apollinaris was married to Claudia Acilia Priscilliana, the daughter of Tiberius Claudius Cleobulus, and they may have had a son, Lucius Valerius Claudius Acilius Priscillianus Maximus, who was twice consul.[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus IV
Decimus Caelius Calvinus Balbinus II
Consul of the Roman Empire
214
with Gaius Octavius Appius Suetrius Sabinus
Aemilianus
Succeeded by
Quintus Maecius Laetus II
Marcus Munatius Sulla Cerialis

Sources[edit]

  • Mennen, Inge, Power and Status in the Roman Empire, AD 193-284 (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mennen, pg. 125
  2. ^ Mennen, pgs. 123-124
  3. ^ Christian Settipani, Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, (2000), pgs. 227-228