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Claudia Gens

both patrician and plebeian. The patrician Claudii were of Sabine origin, and came to Rome in B.C. 504, when they were received among the patricians. (See Claudius [1]). They were noted for their pride and haughtiness, their disdain for the laws, and their hatred of the plebeians. They bore various surnames, which are given under Claudius, with the exception of those with the cognomen Nero, who are better known under the latter name. The plebeian Claudii (Clodii) were divided into several families, of which the most celebrated was that of Marcellus.

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