prytaneum

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prytaneum

(ˌprɪtəˈniːəm)
n, pl -nea (-ˈniːə)
1. (Archaeology) the public hall of a city in ancient Greece
2. (Architecture) the public hall of a city in ancient Greece
[Latin, from Greek prutaneion, from prutanis, prutaneus]
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It was assembled by the prytaneis ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), that is, by the fifty representatives of the "tribe", which was in charge of the institution, every month (the Athenian demos was divided in ten municipals "tribes", each one represented by fifty bouleutes), according to strict rules, and no more than forty times a year.
The prytaneis are to convene a meeting of the Ekklesia in the precinct of Dionysos on the day after the Pandia.
Greek Inscriptions Honoring Prytaneis," Hesperia 40, pp.
One third of the body slept there each night, and, in emergencies, all the prytaneis were present.
33) Here the regulations concerning the priestess of the cult also lay down that the priestess and the wives of the prytaneis in the month Herakleion are to have equal shares of the victim.