Messalla (consul 280)

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(Lucius Valerius) Messalla[1] (fl. 3rd century) was a Roman senator who was appointed consul in AD 280.


Messalla is assumed to be a member of the third century Patrician Gens Valeria, possibly the son of Lucius Valerius Claudius Poplicola Balbinus Maximus.[2] In AD 280 he was appointed consul prior alongside Vettius Gratus.[3]

It has been suggested that he had a son, Lucius Valerius Maximus Basilius, who was Praefectus Urbi of Rome in AD 319.[4]


  1. ^ Lucius Valerius Messalla Thrasea Priscus was a descendant of Octavia the Younger, through her granddaughter Valeria Messalla (daughter of Claudia Marcella Minor).


  • Martindale, J. R.; Jones, A. H. M, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. I AD 260-395, Cambridge University Press (1971)
  • Mennen, Inge, Power and Status in the Roman Empire, AD 193-284 (2011)


  1. ^ Both the praenomen Lucius and the Nomen gentile Valerius are assumed.
  2. ^ Mennen, pg. 127
  3. ^ Martindale & Jones, pg. 599
  4. ^ Settipani, Christian, Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, (2000) p. 229
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Aurelius Probus
Nonius Paternus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Vettius Gratus
Succeeded by
Marcus Aurelius Probus
Junius Tiberianus