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Name: Valeria Messalina Determine relationship to...
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Married: Lucius I Vitellius
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Vitellius
Married: Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus
Children Born Died
Tiberius Claudius Britannicus 041 055
Married: Lucius I Vitellius
Children Born Died
Lucius Vitellius II Galba 003 AD 69 AD
Married: Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus
Children Born Died
Octavia Claudia 059 (divorced and executed by Nero)
Death: 048
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Remarks: In 38 A.D. Claudius had married for the third time, Valeria Messalina, a scion of a noble house with impressive familial connections. Messalina bore him a daughter (Octavia, born in 39) and a son (Britannicus, born in 41): she was therefore the mother of the heir-apparent and enjoyed influence for that reason. In the sources, Messalina is portrayed as little more than a pouting adolescent nymphomaniac who holds wild parties and arranges the deaths of former lovers or those who scorn her advances; and all this while her cuckolded husband blunders on in blissful ignorance. Recently, attempts have been made to rehabilitate Messalina as an astute player of court politics who used sex as a weapon, but in the end we have little way of knowing the truth.[[19]] What we can say is that either her love of parties (on the adolescent model) or her byzantine scheming (on the able courtier model) brought her down. While Claudius was away in Ostia in AD 48, Messalina had a party in the palace in the course of which a marriage ceremony was performed (or playacted) between herself and a consul-designate, C. Silius. Whatever the intentions behind it, the political ramifications of this folly were sufficiently grave to cause the summary execution of Messalina, Silius, and assorted hangers-on (orchestrated, tellingly, by the freedman Narcissus).[[20]] Claudius was now without a wife.


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