4. M. Valerius
Messalla, M. F. M. N., son of the preceding, was consul in B. C. 161. His consulate was remarkable chiefly for a decree of the senate prohibiting the residence of Greek rhetoricians at Rome. (Gel. 2.24
; Suet. Clar. Rhet.
i.) The "Phormion" and "Eunuch" of Terence were first acted in this year. (Titul. Phorm. et Eunuch. Terentii.
) Messalla, having been once degraded by the censors, became himself censor in B. C. 154. (V. Max. 2.9.9