Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus (consul 58)

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Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus[1] was a Roman Senator who lived in the Roman Empire in the 1st century.

Family Background[edit]

Corvinus was a member of the Republican gens, Valeria. Corvinus was the namesake of Roman Senator and Augustan literacy patron Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus.[2] He could have been a son of the Roman Senator, consul Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus who was a son of Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus[3] or could have been a son of Roman consul Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus and Domitia Lepida the Younger, thus could have been a brother of Valeria Messalina, the third wife of Roman emperor Claudius.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 46/47, Corvinus was a member of the Arval Brethren. From January to April in 58, he served as an ordinary consul with the Roman emperor Nero[5] and then from May to June in 58, as a suffect consul with Gaius Fonteius Capito.[6] During his consulship, the Roman Senate paid him half a million sesterces as a subsidy for maintaining his senatorial census rank.[7]


  1. ^ Biographischer Index der Antike, p.979
  2. ^ Lucan, Civil War
  3. ^ Paterculus, The Roman History, p.127
  4. ^ Lucan, Civil War
  5. ^ Shotter, Nero
  6. ^ Der Neue Pauly, Stuttgart 1999, T. 12/1 c.1110
  7. ^ Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome


  • Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome
  • D. Shotter, Nero (Google eBook) Routledge, 2012
  • Lucan, Civil War (Google eBook), Penguin, 2012
  • Velleius Paterculus – Translated with Introduction and Notes by J.C. Yardley & A.A. Barrett, The Roman History, Hackett Publishing, 2011
  • Biographischer Index der Antike (Google eBook), Walter de Gruyter, 2001
Political offices
Preceded by
Nero II
Lucius Calpurnius Piso
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Nero III

Succeeded by
Gaius Vipstanus Apronianus
Gaius Fonteius Capito