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Prytanēum

πρυτανεῖον). In many Greek towns, a public building consecrated to Hestia (q.v.), and containing the State hearth. At Athens, it was here that the State offered hospitable entertainment as a public compliment to foreign ambassadors, to Athenian envoys on their return from the successful discharge of their mission, also to citizens who had done good service to the State, especially to distinguished generals, and victors in the great Panhellenic Games, and sometimes even to their descendants. In the case of those who were Athenian citizens, this privilege was usually granted for life.

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