Plan, Athens, Prytanikon

Plan with Primitive Bouleterion, c. 6th century B.C., Athens, Prytanikon

Context: Athens
Type: Prytanikon
Summary: Irregularly shaped building; on the west side of the Agora, formed an architectural unit with the Old Bouleuterion.
Date: ca. 550 BC - 525 BC

ca. 27 m east-west by ca. 18.5 m north-south.

Region: Attica
Period: Archaic


Many internal irregularly shaped divisions, grouped around a colonnaded court. Two cooking pits on the north side.


Also known as Building F, Camp postulates that it may have been a palace for the Peisistratids. Because the later Tholos was located on the same spot as the Prytanikon and included the same area in its enclosure, it has also been suggested that this structure served as a state dining hall.

Other Bibliography:

Travlos 1971, 191, 210, 553; Wycherley 1978, 48; Camp 1986, 44-45; Agora Guide 1976, 56-57

See Also: Athens, Tholos