Name of an ostracised man on nine ostraka


Trismegistos ID: 738387

Source Description


Nine sherds of beige clay, iii and ix pasted from two adjacent fragments, all belonging to the body of large vases, vi from near the beginning of the foot; i and ii might come from the same vase (i 0.07; 0.041;0.009; ii 0.077; 0.055;0.008; iii 0.07; 0.042;0.009; iv 0.062; 0.043;0.008; v 0.056; 0.025;0.007; vi 0.055; 0.033;0.006-0.01; vii 0.035; 0.027;0.008; viii 0.028; 0.022;0.004-0.009; ix 0.036; 0.023;0.01).


Scratched on two lines on each sherd: i, ii, iv, vii, viii on inner side, iii, v, vi, ix on outer side.


i, ii: 0.005; iii, vii: 0.007; iv: l. 1, 0.008, l. 2 0.01; v: 0.004; vi: 0.005-0.007; viii: 0.004-0.009; ix: 0.006-0.01, graffiti of homogenous lettering, spool-shaped zeta, xi without vertical stroke, slantering strokes of sigma; on iv, line 2 is more deeply cut and was perhaps added later.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


End of fifth or beginning of fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found at Cyrene : in two soundings on the agora, amongst refill layers; one sounding by Stucchi in 1961 under the East Stoa , one in 1993 by Bacchielli near the Sanctuary of the Anax .

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous editors.


Gasperini, 1967 , p. 167, n. 11 (= Gasperini, 2008 , p. 79) for sherd vii; for the whole series, Bacchielli, 1994 , pp. 258-260, nn. 1-9, and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1996.551, whence SEG , 44.1540, 1.


sherd i
Πραξιάδας Ζήνιος
sherd ii
Πραξιάδας Ζήνιος
sherd iii
Πραξιάδας Ζήνιος
sherd iv
Πραξιάδας Ζήνιος
sherd v
Πραξιάδας Ζήνιος
sherd vi
Πρα[ξιάδας] Ζήν[ιος]
sherd vii
[Πρ]αξιά[δας Ζ]ή̣νιο[ς]
sherd viii
Πρα[ξιάδας] Ζήν[ιος]
sherd ix
Πρ[αξιάδας] Ζή̣[νιος]


sherd vii

1 Bacchielli, 1994  [Πρ]αξιά[δας] : Gasperini, 1967  [Πρ?]αξιά[δας?]

French translation

Praxiadas fils de Zènis.

English translation

Praxiadas son of Zenis.

Italian translation

Praxiadas figlio di Zenis.


The homogeneity of material and lettering, the multiplicity of the items and the content limited to name and father's name are good clues in favour of Bacchielli's interpretation of the series: we have here one of the few instances of ostracism attested elsewhere than at Athens. The lettering allowing a date between ca. 420 and 380, Bacchielli gives rather convincing arguments for a more precise date between 413 and 401, in a short period known for conflicts between aristocrats and democrats, a period during which Bacchielli stresses a strong Attic influence in various fields.

Other single ostraka are IGCyr082000, IGCyr082100 and IGCyr082200.

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