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Prytaneis
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(πρυτάνεις/prytáneis, sg. πρύτανις/prýtanis, 'principal, first').

[German version]

I. Individual chief magistrates

Designation for holders of the highest power or official authority. The original meaning 'ruler' is given expression in the epic name Prýtanis (Hom. Il. 5,678), in Zeus' appellation in Aeschylus (Prom. 169), as well as in the verb form applied to the Roman emperor and empress (prytaneúein; Phil. in Flaccum 126; Procop. Arc. 17,27). In the course of the institutionalizati…

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Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum), “Prytaneis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1011970>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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