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.)
claudius lysias saw that the only hope of stopping the uproar, was to take St. Paul out of sight of the enraged multitude.
When claudius lysias had secured his prisoner, he "demanded who he was, and what he had done."
Present, chief captain claudius lysias, who commands him to be "brought into the castle," and "examined by scourging."
Even binding a Roman citizen was unlawful, and for doing this claudius lysias was liable to be punished.
claudius lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.