from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A senate or council of elders in many ancient Dorian states, particularly that of Sparta.
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They have also their kings and their gerusia, or council of elders, who correspond to the kings and elders of Sparta.
Joppa was restored to the Jewish state, the gerusia, the chief assembly of the Jews, was given certain of its old judicial rights, and permission was granted to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
Of greatest importance was the community in Alexandria; according to Philo a million of Jews had their residence there under an ethnarch for whom a gerusia was afterwards substituted by Augustus
At the side of the high priest stood the gerusia of the town of
Augustus the ‘gerusia’ assumed the position of the ’genarch.’