Greek Name: Αὐσχισέων

Latin Name: Auschisae


Cultural Notes

A Libyan people.

Geographical Notes

Lies inland from Barca and comes down to the sea at Euesperides.East of the Nasamones.

Citations in Herodotos

4.171 inland from Barce; 4.172 East of Nasamones

Key Passages in English Translation

[4.171] Next west of the Asbystae are the Auschisae, dwelling inland of Barce, and touching the coast at Euhesperidae. About the middle of the land of the Auschisae lives the little tribe of the Bacales, whose territory comes down to the sea at Tauchira, a town in the Barcaean country; their customs are the same as those of the dwellers inland of Cyrene.

English translation by A. D. Godley. Cambridge. Harvard University Press. 1920. Retreived from <>

Key Passages in Greek

[4.171] Ἀσβυστέων δὲ ἔχονται τὸ πρὸς ἑσπέρης Αὐσχίσαι: οὗτοι ὑπὲρ Βάρκης οἰκέουσι, κατήκοντες ἐπὶ θάλασσαν κατ᾽ Εὐεσπερίδας. Αὐσχισέων δὲ κατὰ μέσον τῆς χώρης οἰκέουσι Βάκαλες, ὀλίγον ἔθνος, κατήκοντες ἐπὶ θάλασσαν κατὰ Ταύχειρα πόλιν τῆς Βαρκαίης: νόμοισι δὲ τοῖσι αὐτοῖσι χρέωνται τοῖσι καὶ οἱ ὑπὲρ Κυρήνης.

Other Testimonia

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Other Commentary

Perseus Encyclopedia:

Auschisae, a Libyan people on the sea coast

Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854). William Smith, LLD, Ed:

AUSCHI´SAE (Αὐσχίσαι, Hdt. 4.171; Αὐσχίται, Apollod. ap. Steph. B. sub voce Αὐχῖσαι, Diod. 3.42; Αὐχῖται, Ptol. 4.5.21; Αὐχῆται, Nonn. Dionys. 13.375), a Libyan people in Cyrenaica, W. of the ASBYSTAE extending S. of Barca as far W. as the Hesperides (aft. BERENICE), on the coast of the Greater Syrtis. Ptolemy alone places them in Marmarica.

There are some exceedingly interesting remains of forts, of an extremely ancient style of building, which are fully described by Barth, who regards them as works of the Auschisae, and fortifies his opinion by the statement of Pliny (4.1), that it was the common custom of the Libyan tribes to build forts. (Beechey, Proceedings of the Expedition to explore the N. coast of Africa, pp. 251, 252; Barth, Wanderungen, &c. p. 354.)

Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, illustrated by numerous engravings on wood. William Smith, LLD. London. Walton and Maberly, Upper Gower Street and Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row; John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1854.


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