Chares of Mytilene

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Chares of Mytilene (Ancient Greek: Χάρης ὁ Μυτιληναῖος) was a Greek belonging to the court of Alexander the Great.[1] He was appointed court-marshal or introducer of strangers to the king, an office borrowed from the Persian court,[1] he wrote a history of Alexander in ten books, dealing mainly with the private life of the king. The fragments are chiefly preserved in Athenaeus;[1] these fragments are largely concerned with court ceremonies and personal gossip, including a description of Alexander's introduction of the Persian custom of proskynesis to his court.[2]

See Scriptores Rerum Alexandri (pp. 114–120) in the Didot edition of Arrian.


  1. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chares (of Mytilene)" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 859.
  2. ^ Hammond, N.G.L; Scullard, H.H. (1970). Oxford Classical Dictionary (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 227. ISBN 0198691173.

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