I.a public ξένος
, public guest
, made so by an act of the State, such as was the King of Macedon to the Athenians, Hdt.
; —the word expressed the same relation between a State and an individual
of another State, that ξένος
expressed between individuals
of different States.—The πρόξενος
enjoyed his privileges on the condition of entertaining and assisting the ambassadors and citizens
of the State which he represented, so that the πρόξενοι
answered to our Consuls, Agents, Residents
, though the πρόξενος
a member of the foreign State.
II.generally, a patron, protector, Aesch.: as fem. a patroness, Soph.