Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus

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Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus (11 BC - AD 20/21) was the great-nephew of the Emperor Augustus, the father of the Roman Empress Valeria Messalina, and father-in-law to the Emperor Claudius.

His father was Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus, by birth a Claudius Pulcher, son of Appius Claudius Pulcher, consul in 38 BC, adopted by Marcus Valerius Messala, consul suffect in 32 BC.[1] His mother was a niece of Augustus, Claudia Marcella Minor. His father served twice as consul.

Messala Barbatus married his half first-cousin Domitia Lepida Minor, with whom he had a daughter, the empress Valeria Messalina, third wife of the emperor Claudius.

Messala Barbatus probably died in 20 or early 21. His only known siblings were his sister Claudia Pulchra, who married the Roman general and politician Publius Quinctilius Varus.


  1. ^ Syme, R., Augustan Aristocracy, (1989), p. 57

External links[edit]

  • A possible statue of Messalla Barbatus can be seen at [1].
Preceded by
Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus and Lucius Norbanus Balbus
Consul of the Roman Empire together with Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus
Succeeded by
Tiberius and Julius Caesar Drusus