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Publius Claudius Pulcher (consul 249 BC)

Publius Claudius Pulcher (d 249 BC/246 BC) (of the Claudii family) was a Roman general. His father was Gaius Claudius Centho. He was the brother of the famous Roman politician Appius Claudius Caudex (consul in 264 BC). He was the first of the Claudii to be given the cognomen "Pulcher" ("handsome"). He was curule aedile in 253 BC and consul in 249. As consul he was given command of the Roman fleet during the First Punic War.