The adjacent area was embellished with an important public square--an ancient counterpart of the modern Lysikrates Square--which featured prominent buildings, at least one cult center, and many preserved choregic monuments dating from the Classical period onward.
Following his discussion of southeastern Athens and the Ilissos, Pausanias returns once again to the Prytaneion, telling his readers, "From the Prytaneion there is the so-called Street of the Tripods." (17) He describes the choregic monuments found on the Street of the Tripods and recounts the famous story of one Athenian's obsession over a celebrated satyr statue by Praxiteles that was located there.
In his explanation of the name of the street, with its dense collection of choregic monuments, Pausanias presumably describes the antiquities preserved in and around the modern Lysikrates Square.
Having returned to the eastern city to survey the south slope of the Acropolis, Pausanias would have had to have first walked north, without comment, past the choregic monuments along the Street of the Tripods, only to turn back to them immediately after reaching the Prytaneion for a second time.
In the formulation of one 19th-century antiquarian, the route of Pausanias's return to the Prytaneion went "through the street of the tripods, between the theatre and choregic grotto." (43) Yet, until recently, the same logic has rarely been applied to the location of the Prytaneion.
(57) After mentioning the "marble throne" of the Monument of Lysikrates, whose dedicatory inscription he transcribed, Cyriacus immediately noted another such choregic seat in the gymnasium.
In antiquity the proposed site of the Prytaneion was across from the Street of the Tripods, sharing a moderately large square with the Monument of Lysikrates and its choregic neighbors (as reconstructed in Fig.
(110) The larger choregic monument immediately to the south of the monument was found, meanwhile, to rest on the remains of an earlier monument of the 5th century.
The presence of the 4th-century stoa would help to explain the great height of the contemporary choregic monuments.