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Claudia

(Klaudia), a Christian woman of Rome, whose greeting to Timothy St. Paul conveys with those of Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, "and all the brethren" (2 Timothy 4:21). Evidently, Claudia was quite prominent in the Roman community. The Linus mentioned in the text is identified by St. Irenæus (Against Heresies III.3.3) with the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome; and in the Apostolic Constitutions VII.46, he is called the son of Claudia, Linos ho Klaudias, which seems to imply that Claudia was at least as well known as Linus. It has been attempted to prove that she was the wife of Pudens, mentioned by St. Paul; and, further, to identify her with Claudia Rufina, the wife of Aulus Pudens who was the friend of Martial (Martial, Epigr., IV, 13; XI, 54). According to this theory Claudia would be a lady of British birth, probably the daughter of King Cogidubnus. Unfortunately there is not sufficient evidence to make this identification more than possibly true.

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APA citation. Reilly, W. (1908). Claudia. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04007c.htm

MLA citation. Reilly, Wendell. "Claudia." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04007c.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Kristen M. Zebro. Dedicated to Holy Family Church, Nazareth, PA.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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