Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Messalina - Worst Wife in History?


Valeria Messalina

Valeria Messalina was the third wife of the emperor Claudius. She was notorious for being an absolute nymphomaniac. She married Claudius in A.D. 38 and bore him two children; Britannicus and Octavia, who were rumoured to have actually been fathered by Caligula as she was a frequent attendee to his many banquets and orgies...

Claudius became emperor in A.D. 41, after Caligula was finally murdered and Messalina, although now empress, did not supress her urges. In fact she became all the more adventurous and behind Claudius's back she had many affairs, many of them at the same time and in the same room. At night she would even dress up as a prostitute and incognito she would trade as a prostitute - such was her insatiable appetite for men. She once challenged the famous Roman prostitute, Scylla, to an all-night sex-athon, whereby the winner was the one who copulated with the most men. Messalina won. She copulated all night and although Scylla gave up at dawn, exhausted, Messalina continued zealously, all throughout the morning...

In 48 A.D. she plotted with one of her lovers, Sillius, to have Claudius murdered and even had a secret marriage ceremony with him. However, one of Claudius's advisors Narcissus, exposed the plot to him. Claudius was heartbroken and could hardly believe his own ears, but was eventually persuaded to have her and Sillius promtly executed. It has to be said that Messalina was given the option of suicide but she could not bring herself to take her own life.

3 comments:

Light said...

I have to say, I find myself wondering how much of Messalina's misdeeds are fact, and how many are a convenient fiction. None of Claudius' trustees covered themselves in glory in the run up to his death. I can't help but suspect that Messalina was accused of a lot more than she actually did in order to cover the failings of Claudius' lackies.

Alterior said...

Either way, it makes a nice, juicy story.. ;-))))

Joe said...

This is by far the most interesting "Dear Penthouse Forum" letter I have ever read