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Tiberius Claudius Nero is the name of several ancient Roman men of the gens Claudia .


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  1. Livy 40.18.2–3, 5.
  2. Livy 41.4.6, 8; T.R.S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic (American Philological Association, 1951, 1986), vol. 1, pp. 395, 397 (notes 2 and 3).
  3. Livy 45.16.3.