Grotius (see Wernsdorff, Defid. Libr, Macc., § 73) suggests that the reading "governor of Idumaea" is an error for "governor of Jamniae" (as at 1 Macc. 5:58). Josephus warrants this correction (ό τῆς Ιαμνείαςστρατηγός, Ant. 12:8, 6). From the epithet applied to Gorgias, he seems to have been held in the highest detestation by the Jews (A.V., "that cursed man," τὸν κατάρατον,' 2 Macc. 12:35). The description of his flight to Marisa and his defeat by Dositheus, one of Judas's generals, is given at some length, though in an obscure and confused manner (2 Macc. 12:34-38; comp. Joseph. Ant. 12:8, 6).

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