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CHARES , (d. 67 c.e.), a leader of the Jewish defense of Gamala during the great revolt against Rome (Jos., Wars, 4:18, 68). Josephus gives two conflicting accounts of his death. According to one he was bedridden during the siege of Gamala, and died naturally after the Romans stormed the city. According to another passage, however (Life, 177, 186), Chares was murdered by the people of Gamala in an insurrection against the Babylonian kinsmen of Philip, the loyalist ally of the Romans.


Schalit, in: Clio, 26 (1933) 80ff.; Klausner, Bayit Sheni, 5 (19512), 197ff.

[Isaiah Gafni]

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