Artistic Reconstruction of Messalina

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Illustration

Panagiotis Constantinou
by
published on 13 March 2021

A recreation of the Roman empress Valeria Messalina (c. 20-22 CE-48 CE), wife of the emperor Claudius (r. 41-54 CE). Messalina's facial features are very loosely based on a combination of Roman portraits and artistic license. Messalina is depicted with blonde hair instead of her historically black hair. However, according to some dubious sources like the satirist Juvenal (l. c. 55-138 CE), she would don a blonde wig to go out into the city on nights of debauchery.

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About the Author

Panagiotis Constantinou
Studied graphic design, yet never practiced it. working something else entirely now trying to support my family. Living in Cyprus.

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APA Style

Constantinou, P. (2021, March 13). Artistic Reconstruction of Messalina. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13577/artistic-reconstruction-of-messalina/

Chicago Style

Constantinou, Panagiotis. "Artistic Reconstruction of Messalina." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 13, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13577/artistic-reconstruction-of-messalina/.

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Constantinou, Panagiotis. "Artistic Reconstruction of Messalina." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Mar 2021. Web. 05 Feb 2023.

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