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Claudia Antonia (Classical Latin: ANTONIA•CLAUDII•CAESARIS•FILIA[1]) (ca. 30–66) was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius and his second wife Aelia Paetina. Until 37, she was raised by her paternal grandmother Antonia Minor (who died that year). From then until 43, she was raised by her father.

In 43, she first married Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, (a descendant from Pompeia Magna, the daughter of triumvir Pompey), a man of the highest birth. His parents were consul Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi and Scribonia. According to Suetonius he died several years later, because he was stabbed to death while in bed with a favorite boyfriend. Cassius Dio states that the Empress Valeria Messalina (out of her fear, of Pompeius being a rival to Britannicus) ordered his execution, so that Antonia could marry Messalina's half-brother Faustus Cornelius Sulla Felix.

Faustus Sulla and Antonia married in 47. They had a son who was of little strength. He died before his second birthday. In 58, Faustus Sulla was exiled, and murdered in 62 on the orders of the Emperor Nero. In 65, Tacitus records the rumour that Gaius Calpurnius Piso intended to marry Antonia, as an element of his conspiracy against Nero.

After the death of the Empress Poppaea Sabina, Nero's second wife, Nero asked Antonia to marry him. When Antonia refused, Nero had her charged with an attempt of rebellion and executed her. With her death, passed the last living grandchild of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia Minor.

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