Proxeny decree of the city of Euesperides


Trismegistos ID: 738336

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 265.


White marble square panel (0.4; 0.4;0.05).


Inscribed on the face.


0.015, very carefully cut on the entire surface.

Place of Origin



350-320 B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1925 at Euesperides .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1976 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Ferri, 1925 , p. 18 (partial mention); Fraser, 1951 , and Fraser, 1953 , whence SEG , 18.772. Cf. Chamoux, 1953 , p. 214, footnote 8 whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1954.278; Manganaro, 1989 , whence SEG , 39.1680; Manganaro, 1990 , p. 426, n. 71, whence SEG , 40.1594; Ottone, 2000 , whence SEG , 50.1629; Gill, 2004 , p. 391, whence SEG , 54.1778.


Ἐφόρων καὶ γερόντων ἐπαγόντων, ἇδε τᾶι βωλᾶι Εὔβιον Εὐβιότω, Ἁγέστ-ρατον Μοσχίωνος, Συρ- 5ρακοσίος, Εὐσπεριτᾶν πρoξένος ἦμεν αὐτὸς καὶ ἐκγόνος.


French translation

Sur proposition des éphores et des gérontes , le conseil a décidé: qu'Eubios fils d'Eubiôtos et Agestratos fils de Moskhiôn, de Syracuse, soient proxènes des Euhespéritains, eux-mêmes et leurs descendants.

English translation

The ephoroi and the gerontes having proposed, the council decided: that Eubios son of Eubiotos and Agestratos son of Moschion, from Syracusae, would be proxenoi of the Euesperitans, themselves and their offspring.

Italian translation

Su proposta degli efori e dei gerontes , il consiglio ha deciso: che Eubios figlio di Eubiotos e Agestratos figlio di Moschion, di Siracusa, siano prosseni degli Euesperitani, loro e i loro discendenti.


This is the only official document known to us from the city of Euesperides. It gives useful informations about its institution, with a council and ephoroi taking part in the decision. It is also the only proxeny mentioned in the Cyrenaican inscriptions.

The stone, originating from Euesperides, was published from a photograph by Fraser, who thought that it was lost. However, C. Dobias-Lalou could see it in 1976 at Cyrene, where it was evidently brought as a consequence of the multiple movings of World War II.

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