Appius Junius Silanus
Appius Junius Silanus, whom Cassius Dio erroneously calls Gaius Appius Silanus, was consul in AD 28, with Publius Silius Nerva. He was accused of majestas in AD 32, but was saved by Celsus, one of the informers.
Shortly after the accession of Claudius, in AD 41, when Silanus was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, he was recalled to Rome and married to Domitia Lepida, mother of the empress Messalina. He was treated with the greatest of distinction, but having refused the advances of Messalina herself, he was soon put to death by the emperor. Messalina and Narcissus accused him of plotting to assassinate Claudius, and claimed that they had seen Silanus attempting to murder the emperor in their dreams.
Silanus' relationship to the other Junii Silani is uncertain. According to Ronald Syme, he and the Decimus Junius Silanus who had an affair with Julia the Younger, Marcus Junius Silanus, who was consul in AD 15, were the sons of Gaius Junius Silanus, the consul in AD 10. He is sometimes confused with Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus, consul in AD 19. His marriage to Domitia was childless.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales, iv. 68, vi. 9, xi. 29.
- Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, De Vita Caesarum, Claudius, 29, 37.
- Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History, lx. 14.
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor.
- Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, from page 194.
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