Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola

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Lucius Vipstanus Poplicola Messalla[1] (c. 10 – aft. 59) was a Roman Senator who was Roman consul in AD 48.


Based on his name, Ronald Syme suggested that Vipstanus Poplicola was the son of Lucius Vipstanus Gallus and a Valeria Messalla, the granddaughter of Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus. He was elected consul ordinarius in AD 48, alongside Aulus Vitellius.[2] He was replaced as consul by the consul suffectus Gaius Vipstanus Messalla Gallus, who is postulated to have been his brother.[3][page needed]

In 58 or 59, Vipstanus Poplicola was appointed Proconsular governor of Asia.[4]

According to the historian Ronald Syme, Vipstanus Poplicola's son was Gaius Valerius Poplicola, who was co-opted into a sacerdotal college in AD 63, but died sometime after, "perhaps in the great pestilence under Titus.[5]


  1. ^ Morgan, Gwyn, 69 A.D.: The Year Of Four Emperors (2006), pg. 283
  2. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 241
  3. ^ Christian Settipani. Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, 2000
  4. ^ Laale, Hans Willer, Ephesus (Ephesos): An Abbreviated History from Androclus to Constantine XI (2011), pg. 198
  5. ^ Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 242 and n. 119
Political offices
Preceded by
Claudius and Lucius Vitellius
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Aulus Vitellius

AD 48
Succeeded by
Quintus Veranius and Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus