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Valeria Messalina (Latin: [waˈlɛria mɛssaːˈliːna]; c. 17/20–48) was the third wife of Roman emperor Claudius. She was a paternal cousin of Emperor Nero, a second cousin of Emperor Caligula, and a great-grandniece of Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she allegedly conspired against her husband and was executed on the discovery of the plot. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Messalina has received more than 1,253,530 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Messalina is the 30th most popular companion (down from 22nd in 2019), the 219th most popular biography from Italy (down from 197th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Companion.

Messalina was the wife of Roman Emperor Claudius. She is most famous for her many affairs and her involvement in a conspiracy to overthrow Claudius.

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Among companions, Messalina ranks 30 out of 673Before her are Joseph Bonaparte, Aspasia, Victoria, Princess Royal, Catherine Howard, Olympias, and Queen Silvia of Sweden. After her are Klara Hitler, Anne of Cleves, Mileva Marić, Tughril, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, and Eugénie de Montijo.

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Among people born in 17, Messalina ranks 1After her are Saint Timothy and Junia Claudilla. Among people deceased in 48, Messalina ranks 1After her are Herod of Chalcis and Minjung of Goguryeo.

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Among people born in Italy, Messalina ranks 219 out of 4,668Before her are Pope Urban III (1200), Pope Leo III (750), Pope Marcellus II (1501), Marie de' Medici (1575), Pliny the Younger (61), and Pope Honorius III (1148). After her are Rita of Cascia (1381), Diodorus Siculus (-90), Cesare Lombroso (1835), Pope Clement X (1590), Pope Boniface V (575), and Piero della Francesca (1415).


Among companions born in Italy, Messalina ranks 2Before her are Catherine de' Medici (1519). After her are Livia (-58), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Poppaea Sabina (30), Josephine of Leuchtenberg (1807), Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Caterina Sforza (1463), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Julia the Elder (-39), Bianca Maria Sforza (1472), and Maria Luisa of Savoy (1688).