A Poet’s Patron?


Would it change how we thought about the career of Marcus Valerius Messalla, suff. cos. 32 BCE and patron of Tibullus if he happened as a young man to have made such an anti regal coin (RRC 435/1)?  Messalla the patron and suffect consul was famously republican in character: it would be nice to have this as ‘proof’ of his early and outspoken leanings in that direction.

Old post on symbolism

Syme thought they could be the same person (JRS 1995: 157), Crawford allowed it:


The Digital Prosopography of the Roman Republic notes it but does not take it as fact.

Wikipedia gives a nice summary of the man but takes it as fact his father was cos. of 61 BCE, only noting that there are other suggestions.

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