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n.1.(Gr. Antiq.) A member of one of the ten sections into which the Athenian senate of five hundred was divided, and to each of which belonged the presidency of the senate for about one tenth of the year.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He killed Coeranus, Alastor, Chromius, Alcandrus, Halius, Noemon, and Prytanis, and would have slain yet more, had not great Hector marked him, and sped to the front of the fight clad in his suit of mail, filling the Danaans with terror.
Frazer suggests that "the prytanis was anciently the king or perhaps rather the chief or headman of a petty independent town and that the prytaneum was his house" (147).
From now on the prytanis supervised the celebration of the mysteries of Artemis.
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] Pray, Kyton, that your gifts give as much delight to the divine son of Leto, prytanis of the fair-dancing agora, as the praise you have from foreigners and those who dwell in Corinth, lord of delights, by reason of your crowns.
No clear consensus among scholars has emerged as to the divine recipient of this prize dedication, which calls itself an olpe, but a possible association with Apollo, "prytanis of the fair-dancing agora," cannot be excluded.
Some require that sales must be made through a herald and announced several days in advance, others that it be made before a public official, as with Pittakos before the basileis and the prytanis. Some say that the sale should be preregistered with the official no fewer than sixty days in advance, as at Athens, and that the buyer deposit one per cent of the value ...
204 (IG [II.sup.2] 2199, line 7); the father of Casianus Philippos, ephebe in 235/6 (IG [II.sup.2] 2235, lines 9, 38, 89); (19) and Casianus I[soch]rys[os], prytanis ca.
Iulius Casianus Apollonios of Steiria, (32) anticosmete in 158/9 (IG [II.sup.2] 2079, lines 3-4; 3012, line 2), cosmete in 161/2 (IG [II.sup.2] 2085, line 5), and perhaps prytanis later in the 160s (IG [II.sup.2] 1772 [= Agora XV 364], line 16).
At Thesmophoriazousai 926-49 (MacDowell, 333), only three (not five) actors are required, with the actor playing Euripides returning as the Prytanis. More than half of the passages MacDowell analyses to demonstrate that Old Comedy used four actors can, without special pleading, also be shown to be performed with three.
The notice of the Argive/Spartan hostility under Prytanis, and previous conflict with the Kynoureans (undated) seems to be a spreading of the thin detail we find in the Agiad line (3.2.2-3.2.3).
Eurysthenes Procles Prehistoric The Chronography Agis Sous (Herodotus) Echestratos Eurypon Labotas Prytanis Doryssos Eunomos Agesilaos I Polydectes Archelaus Charillos Teleclos Nicander Alcamenes Theopompus Polydoros Zeuxidamos Eurycrates Anaxidamos Anaxander Archidamos I Eurycrates II Agesicles Leon Ariston c.
Euripides' Relative and a woman (Kritylla) are on-stage, Euripides exits at the end of 927, and the Prytanis and a Skythian archer enter at 929.