Messalina, Agrippina and the Death of Claudius
Apr 13, 2005
By AD 38, and prior to his rise to Emperor, Claudius was married (for the third time) to the 15 year old Valeria Messalina. The young ?empress? was portrayed historically as not much more than a court nymphomaniac who used her sexual prowess to influence the influential. She did however give Claudius two children: Octavia (AD 39) and Britannicus (AD 41). Though stories of wild parties, intrigue and murder follow Messalina from the ancient sources, some modern scholars have painted her as an astute player in the political world of the time….