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]
References in classic literature ?
He, the benefactor of the Athenian people, whose whole life has been spent in doing them good, should at least have the Olympic victor's reward of maintenance in the Prytaneum.
Socrates's condemnation of himself to be maintained in all honor in the Prytaneum, during his life, and Sir Thomas More's playfulness at the scaffold, are of the same strain.
Furthermore, in ancient Greek, every state had its Prytaneum (sacred to Hestia) that featured a common hearth in which fire burned perpetually for the city (see Frazer, "Prytaneum" 146).