Messalla sentence example
- In 31 Messalla was appointed consul in place of Antony, and took part in the battle of Actium.
- Messalla restored the road between Tusculum and Alba, and many handsome buildings were due to his initiative.
- His influence on literature, which he encouraged after the manner of Maecenas, was considerable, and the group of literary persons whom he gathered round him - including Tibullus, Lygdamus and the poet Sulpicia - has been called "the Messalla circle."
- Messalla was himself the author of various works, all of which are lost.
- Late in life he wrote a work on the great Roman families, wrongly identified with an extant poem De progenie Augusti Caesaris bearing the name of Messalla, but really a 15th-century production.Advertisement
- Manius Valerius Maximus Corvinus Messalla, consul 263 B.C. In this year, with his colleague Manius Otacilius (or Octacilius) Crassus, he gained a brilliant victory over the Carthaginians and Syracusans; the honour of a triumph was decreed to him alone.
- His relief of Messana obtained him the cognomen Messalla, which remained in the family for nearly 800 years.
- The earlier lived in the reign of Augustus, and was a niece of Messalla, the patron of literature.
- See Life by Cornelius Nepos; Berwick, Lives of Messalla Corvinus and T.P.A.
- His prose works on various subjects - Prometheus, Symposium (a banquet at which Virgil, Horace and Messalla were present), De cultu suo (on his manner of life) - were ridiculed by Augustus, Seneca and Quintilian for their strange style, the use of rare words and awkward transpositions.Advertisement
- Valerius Messalla, censor in 154 B.C. It ran first up the Anio valley past Varia, and then, abandoning it at the 36th mile, where the Via Sublacensis diverged, ascended to Carseoli (q.v.), and then again to the lofty pass of Monte Bove (4003 ft.), whence it descended again to the valley occupied by the Lago di Fucino.