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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 1,179,776 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Messalina is the 22nd most popular companion (up from 23rd in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from Italy (up from 201st 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 22 out of 687Before her are Mary Boleyn, Roxana, Lucretia, Nefertari, Ankhesenamun, and Nurbanu Sultan. After her are Aspasia, Jane Seymour, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, Joseph Bonaparte, Elizabeth of York, and Theodora.

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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 197 out of 4,088Before her are Tiberius Gracchus (-163), Pope Clement XI (1649), Pope Clement XIV (1705), Pope Leo XI (1535), Pope Julius III (1487), and Pope Innocent XI (1611). After her are Pope Honorius III (1148), Enzo Ferrari (1898), Pope Alexander VIII (1610), Servius Tullius (-600), Adriano Celentano (1938), and Juvenal (50).


Among companions born in Italy, Messalina ranks 2Before her are Catherine de' Medici (1519). After her are Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Livia (-58), Poppaea Sabina (30), Elisabeth Farnese (1692), Josephine of Leuchtenberg (1807), Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Bianca Maria Sforza (1472), Julia the Elder (-39), and Amalasuntha (495).