Prytanis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prytanis (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prytanis In ancient Greece: A chief magistrate or priest in several states, as Rhodes, Lycia, and Miletus.
    • n prytanis A member, during the term of presidency of his section, of one of the ten sections of fifty each into which the Senate of Five Hundred was divided at Athens. These sections constituted standing committees, every one of which, in rotation, represented the full senate in minor matters, and had charge of routine business. See the quotations.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.

Usage

In literature:

The tribe of Acamantis had the prytany, Phoenippus was secretary, Niciades chairman.
"The History of the Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides
Simonides the poet tells us that the father of Lykurgus was not Eunomus, but Prytanis.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
Simonides the poet, tells us, that Prytanis, not Eunomus, was father to Lycurgus.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
The Council they convene every day, unless it is a holiday, the Assembly four times in each prytany.
"The Athenian Constitution" by Aristotle
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