Proxenus of Atarneus

Proxenus of Atarneus (}

}}: Πρόξενος ὁ Ἀταρνεύς) is most famous for being Aristotle's guardian after the death of his parents. Proxenus educated Aristotle for a couple of years before sending him to Athens to Plato's Academy.

Proxenus had married Aristotle's older sister Arimneste, whereby they had a daughter Hero and a son Nicanor. Hero's own son, Callisthenes, would later become a student and collaborator with his great-uncle Aristotle. Nicanor eventually married Aristotle's daughter, Pythias.


  • Diogenes Laertius, Life of Aristotle. Translated by C.D. Yonge.
  • Eduard Zeller, Aristotle and the Earlier Peripatetics (1897).