Marcus Silius Messala

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Marcus Silius Messala (born ca. AD 160 – fl.193) was a Roman Politician, senator and suffect consul towards the end of the 2nd century. In 193, Messala was the Suffect Consul from May until June. He was in command of the location where the murder of Pertinax took place. Septimius Severus accused Messala of murdering Pertinax and using his influence to convene and order the Senate to place the Senator Didius Julianus as Emperor. Septimius Severus called the death of Didius Julianus divine providence and ordered the execution of Messala.[1]

It is however possible though unlikely that this is the same senator Marcus Silius Messala condemned to death in the year 218 AD by the then Emperor Elagabalus. It is more likely though that the second Messala was a son of this senator.[2]

Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Pompeius Sosius Falco ,
Gaius Iulius Erucius Clarus Vibianus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Fabius Cilo
Succeeded by
Septimius Severus,
Clodius Albinus



  1. ^ Cassius Dio, Roman History, 73,17,3.
  2. ^ Cassius Dio, Roman History, 79,5,1-5.