Gaius Vipstanus Messalla Gallus

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(Gaius) Vipstanus Messalla Gallus (c. 10 BC – aft. 60 AD) was a Roman politician who was Consul Suffectus in AD 48.

It is assumed that Messalla Gallus was the son of Lucius Vipstanus Gallus and a Valeria Messalla. It is postulated that he was the brother of Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola, whom he succeeded in the consulship as a suffect consul in AD 48.

In 52 or 53 he became a legatus Augusti pro praetore in Pannonia.[1] Then in 59 or 60, Messalla Gallus was appointed Proconsular governor of Asia.[2]

It is believed that Messalla Gallus had a son, Lucius Vipstanus Messalla. Gallus' wife had earlier been married to Marcus Aquilius Regulus, by whom she had a son named Lucius Aquilius Regulus.[3]


  1. ^ Gaius Claudius Marcellus the Elder was a son of another Marcus Claudius Marcellus and a direct descendant of Marcus Claudius Marcellus, five-time consul. This Gaius Claudius Marcellus and his father may be two of the Catilinarian conspirators, after discovery of the plot, they attempted to instigate revolts but then were defeated by Publius Sestius and Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus respectively and put to death later.


  1. ^ Syme, Ronald, The Augustan Aristocracy (1986), pgs. 241-242
  2. ^ Laale, Hans Willer, Ephesus (Ephesos): An Abbreviated History from Androclus to Constantine XI (2011), pg. 198
  3. ^ Morgan, Gwyn, 69 A.D.: The Year Of Four Emperors (2006), pg. 283
Political offices
Preceded by
Aulus Vitellius and Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola
Suffect Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Vitellius

AD 48
Succeeded by
Quintus Veranius and Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus