Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus

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Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus also known as Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus Appianus[1][2] (c. 45 BC – 12 BC) was a Roman Senator who served as a consul[3] in the Roman Empire.

Family Background[edit]

Not much is known on his family background and early life. Appianus may have been the son of the consul of 38 BC, Appius Claudius Pulcher[4] by an unnamed wife. He was probably adopted by Marcus Valerius Messalla, the suffect consul of 32 BC,[5] so thus becoming Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus Appianus.

Political career[edit]

According to the French Historian Jesuit François Catrou et Rouillé, Appianus served as a Quaestor in the army of the Roman Triumvir Mark Antony. After this moment, little is known on his remaining political career except that he served as a consul in 12 BC.[6] Not so long after in serving his consulship, Appianus died.[7]

Marriage & Issue[edit]

About 14 BC, Appianus married Claudia Marcella Minor, a daughter of Octavia Minor from her first husband the consul, Gaius Claudius Marcellus, who her maternal uncle was the Roman emperor Augustus.[8] Marcella bore Appianus two children, a daughter called Claudia Pulchra and a son, called Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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, aus: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 111
  3. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p.205
  4. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 147
  5. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 147
  6. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p.205
  7. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p.205
  8. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p.205
  9. ^ Syme, Augustan Aristocracy, p.147
  10. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p.205

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