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Messalina: A Graphic Novel Series about the Most Scandalous Empress of Rome

Messalina is a graphic novel series written by Jean-Yves Mitton and illustrated by Franck Bonnet, published by Ange Editions. The series consists of eight volumes, released between 2011 and 2016, that depict the life and adventures of Valeria Messalina, the third wife of the Roman emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women in history.


The series is set in the first century AD, during the reigns of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, and portrays Messalina as a beautiful, ambitious, and ruthless woman who uses her charms and intrigues to rise to power and influence in the corrupt and decadent Roman society. The series also features historical figures such as Agrippina the Younger, Britannicus, Lucius Vitellius, Seneca, Pallas, Narcissus, and many others.

The graphic novel series is based on historical sources, such as the works of Tacitus, Suetonius, Cassius Dio, and Juvenal, but also adds fictional elements and erotic scenes to spice up the story. The authors claim that they tried to be faithful to the historical facts, but also to show the human side of Messalina and her motivations. They also state that they wanted to create a realistic and immersive depiction of ancient Rome, with accurate details on the architecture, costumes, customs, and culture of the time.

The series has been praised by critics and readers for its stunning artwork, captivating plot, and historical accuracy. It has also been criticized by some for its explicit sexual content, violence, and negative portrayal of Messalina and other characters. The series is intended for adult readers only and has a warning label on its cover.

If you are interested in reading more about Messalina and her graphic novel series, you can check out the following links:

  • [Messalina - BD, informations, cotes - Bedetheque]: A website that provides information, ratings, reviews, and images of the graphic novel series (in French).

  • [Messalina : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive]: A website that allows you to download or read online a scanned copy of an article from The Aldine magazine (1877) that gives a historical overview of Messalina's life and deeds.

  • [Claudius, the god and his wife Messalina : the troublesome reign of Tiberius Claudius Caesar...]: A website that allows you to download or read online a scanned copy of a historical novel by Robert Graves (1934) that narrates the life of Claudius and his relationship with Messalina.


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