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Lysias, Claudius

Lysias, Claudius — the chief captain (chiliarch) who commanded the Roman troops in Jerusalem, and sent Paul under guard to the procurator Felix at Caesarea (Acts 21:31–38; 22:24–30). His letter to his superior officer is an interesting specimen of Roman military correspondence (23:26–30). He obtained his Roman citizenship by purchase, and was therefore probably a Greek. (See CLAUDIUS.)