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Statilia Messalina

Statilia Messalina (c. AD 35 – after 68) was a Roman patrician[citation needed] woman, a Roman Empress and third wife to Roman Emperor Nero.

Statilia Messalina
Statilia Messalina, third wife of Nero
Roman empress
TenureAD 66 – 9 June AD 68
Bornc. AD 35
Diedafter AD 68
SpouseMarcus Julius Vestinus Atticus
Nero
Issuea son
HouseJulio-Claudian (by marriage)
FatherTitus Statilius Taurus

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Background

The ancient sources say little of her family; however, Suetonius states that she was a great-great-granddaughter of Titus Statilius Taurus, a Roman general who was awarded a triumph for his victory and was twice consul. She was either the daughter of Titus Statilius Taurus Corvinus, consul in 45 AD, and who was involved in a plot against the Emperor Claudius, or a daughter of the sister of Corvinus, Statilia Messallina. Her grandmother might have been Valeria Messalina Corvina, one of the daughters of Roman senator Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus who served as consul in 31 BC.

Marriages

Her first husband was the consul Marcus Julius Vestinus Atticus to whom she may have borne a son (who died in 88). Around 65, she became Nero's mistress. After the death of the emperor's second wife Poppaea Sabina, Vestinus was forced to commit suicide in 66, so Nero could marry Statilia.

Although witty and scheming, she was far less flamboyant than her predecessor and kept a rather low profile in the public eye. She was one of the few of Nero's courtiers who survived the fall of his reign. After Nero's death, Otho promised that he would marry her, before his suicide in 69.

Citations

  1. Lightman, Marjorie and Benjamin A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women Facts on File, Inc. (2008) pg 303 Google Books
  2. Syme, R., Augustan Aristocracy, p. 377

Bibliography

  • Syme, R., Augustan Aristocracy
  • Griffin, Miriam, Nero. The End of a Dynasty. Batsford, London, 1984
  • Raepsaet-Charlier M.-Th., Prosopographie des femmes de l'ordre sénatorial (Ier-IIe siècles), 2 vol., Louvain, 1987, 360 ff.
  • Zanker, P, Fittschen, K., Katalog der römischen Porträts in den Capitolinischen Museen und den anderen kommunalen Sammlungen der Stadt Rom, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, 75, Taf.93.94.
  • Annals
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars
  • Satires

Statilia Messalina
Statilia Messalina Article Talk Language Watch Edit Statilia Messalina c AD 35 after 68 was a Roman patrician citation needed woman a Roman Empress and third wife to Roman Emperor Nero Statilia MessalinaStatilia Messalina third wife of NeroRoman empressTenureAD 66 9 June AD 68Bornc AD 35Diedafter AD 68SpouseMarcus Julius Vestinus Atticus NeroIssuea sonHouseJulio Claudian by marriage FatherTitus Statilius Taurus Contents 1 Biography 1 1 Background 1 2 Marriages 2 See also 3 References 3 1 Citations 3 2 Bibliography 4 External linksBiography EditBackground Edit The ancient sources say little of her family however Suetonius states that she was a great great granddaughter of Titus Statilius Taurus a Roman general who was awarded a triumph for his victory and was twice consul She was either the daughter of Titus Statilius Taurus Corvinus consul in 45 AD and who was involved in a plot against the Emperor Claudius 1 or a daughter of the sister of Corvinus Statilia Messallina 2 Her grandmother might have been Valeria Messalina Corvina one of the daughters of Roman senator Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus who served as consul in 31 BC Marriages Edit Her first husband was the consul Marcus Julius Vestinus Atticus to whom she may have borne a son who died in 88 Around 65 she became Nero s mistress After the death of the emperor s second wife Poppaea Sabina Vestinus was forced to commit suicide in 66 so Nero could marry Statilia Although witty and scheming she was far less flamboyant than her predecessor and kept a rather low profile in the public eye She was one of the few of Nero s courtiers who survived the fall of his reign After Nero s death Otho promised that he would marry her before his suicide in 69 See also EditJulio Claudian family treeReferences EditCitations Edit Lightman Marjorie and Benjamin A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women Facts on File Inc 2008 pg 303 Google Books Syme R Augustan Aristocracy p 377 Bibliography Edit Syme R Augustan Aristocracy Griffin Miriam Nero The End of a Dynasty Batsford London 1984 Raepsaet Charlier M Th Prosopographie des femmes de l ordre senatorial Ier IIe siecles 2 vol Louvain 1987 360 ff Zanker P Fittschen K Katalog der romischen Portrats in den Capitolinischen Museen und den anderen kommunalen Sammlungen der Stadt Rom Mainz am Rhein 1983 75 Taf 93 94 Annals Lives of the Twelve Caesars SatiresExternal links EditCoinage of Statilia Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Statilia Messalina amp oldid 1061730915, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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