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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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