Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of proxenos.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek antiquity, a citizen who was appointed by a foreign state to represent its interests and to protect its travelers in his native country. The office corresponded closely to that of a modern consul.

Etymologies

As proxenos but via modern Latin proxenus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A proxenus was the representative of a foreign state much like a modern honorary consul in another state of which he was a resident and citizen.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • These latter Agesilaus, with a certain loftiness of manner, affected not even to see, although Pharax,316 their proxenus, stood by their side to introduce them.

    Hellenica

  • Abdera and a man of great influence with Sitalces who had married his sister, was made by the Athenians their proxenus at that place and invited by them to Athens.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • A certain Peithias, who voluntarily acted as the proxenus of the Athenians and was the popular leader, was summoned by the partisans of the Peloponnesians to take his trial, they affirming that he wanted to bring Corcyra under the yoke of Athens.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Gortys in Crete, who was the proxenus of the Athenians, had induced them to send a fleet against Cydonia, a hostile town which he promised to reduce.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Arcesilaus, the proxenus of the Argives, offering them one of two alternatives: There were terms of peace, but they might also have war if they pleased.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Before making their reply they requested leave to speak at length, and appointed two of their number, Astymachus the son of Asopolaus, and Lacon the son of Aeimnestus, who was the Lacedaemonian proxenus, to be their advocates.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Thucydides of Pharsalus, the proxenus of Athens in that city, happening to be on the spot, kept throwing himself in every man's way and loudly entreating the people, when the enemy was lying in wait so near, not to destroy their country.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Hippolochidas, Torylaus, and Strophacus who was the proxenus of the

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • My ancestors in consequence of some misunderstanding renounced the office of Lacedaemonian proxenus; I myself resumed it, and did you many good offices, especially after your misfortune at Pylos.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

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