Marcus Silius Messala

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Marcus Silius Messala (born ca.160 AD – fl.193 AD)

He was a Roman Politician, senator and suffect consul towards the end of the 2nd century. In 193 AD, Messala was from May until June the Suffect Consul of Rome. He was in command of the location where the murder of Pertinax took place. Septimius Severus accused Messala of murdering Pertinax and placing on the throne the Senator Didius Julianus after using his influence to convene and order the Senate to do so. Septimius Severus calls the death of Didius Julianus divine providence and ordered the execution of Messala.

It is however possible though unlikely that this is the same senator Marcus Silius Messala condemned to death in the year 218 AD by the then Emperor Elegabalus. It is more likely though that the second Messala was a son of this senator.

Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Pompeius Sosius Falco ,
Gaius Iulius Erucius Clarus Vibianus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Fabius Cilo
Succeeded by
Septimius Severus,
Clodius Albinus



1. ↑ Cassius Dio, Roman History, 73,17,3. 2. ↑ Cassius Dio, Roman History, 79,5,1-5.