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Messalina

(Valeria Messalina) (mĕsəlī`nə), d. A.D. 48, Roman empress, wife of Claudius IClaudius I
(Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus) , 10 B.C.–A.D. 54, Roman emperor (A.D. 41–A.D. 54), son of Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus and thus nephew of Tiberius. When Caligula was murdered (A.D.
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. She was the mother of his children, BritannicusBritannicus
(Claudius Tiberius Germanicus Britannicus) , A.D. 41?–A.D. 55, Roman prince, son of Claudius I and Messalina, so called in honor of Claudius' conquests in Britain.
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 and Octavia. Her reputation for greed and lust was supposedly unknown to her husband until, in Claudius' absence, she publicly married her lover Caius Silius. A political plot was apparently involved, and Claudius' secretary Narcissus informed the emperor. Messalina was killed.

Messalina

wife of Emperor Claudius of Rome. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 701]

Messalina

Valeria . died 48 ad, wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, notorious for her debauchery and cruelty
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Both the Roxana and Messalina vignettes show curtains suspended at several places from some kind of horizontal support.
Through his description, Messalina has passed into history as the greatest betrayer of all time, the epitome of lasciviousness, the model to repudiate par excellence, the antithesis of chastity.
Livia, un'ininfluente Messalina, puo agire in tale direzione perche le manca un'identita nazionale definita.
Hopkins shows how, like the devil, a Caesarian sense of things can often be found lurking in the details, whether it be in the ostrich feathers worn in official Jacobean portraits of Pocahontas and Prince Henry or the love of the dance known as la volta shared by Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, and the Furies called down to dance "lavoltas" upon the "whorish fortitude" of the Roman Empress Messalina (105), (136).
This Latin name seems to allude to the nymphomaniac empress Messalina famously prostituting herself in Juvenal's Saturae, "ardens rigidae tentigine volvae" [afire with the lust of her erect clitoris] (6.
Gustave Moreau's Salome and Beardsley's Messalina for
128) (The curtain on the tiring-house wall in the frontispiece of Messalina also depicts various figures, one of whom seems to be Cupid.
Silius and Messalina get married, for no particular reason.
As well as Messalina, Agrippina or Poppaea, she is a "new and perhaps lovelier Faustine" (92), a mover of armies, "in a dubious sense, Mother of the army.
Heller's case studies are well-chosen for the representation of their female protagonists: Francesco Cavalli's Dido (La Didone, 1641), Claudio Monteverdi's Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea, 1643), Cavalli's Calisto (La Calisto, 1651), Pietro Andrea Ziani's Semiramide (La Semiramide, 1670), and Carlo Pallavicino's Messalina (La Messalina, 1680).
Claudius appears to have been of subnormal intelligence, which made him susceptible to manipulation by amoral power-mongers like his appalling wife Messalina.
she may represent one of the women of Juvenal's Sixth Satire, perhaps Messalina at the door of her lupinar.