The Prytaneion: Its Function and Architectural Form by Stephen G. Miller

By Stephen G. Miller

Xiv + 258 pp. with 15 figs. & sixteen plates, octavo.

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It seems eminently reasonable that it was during this period ofex'Pansion that a cluster ofbuildings-Boukoleion, Basileion, and prytancion-was established on the nonh slope of the Acropolis. The reason for this population expansion will have been the synoecism of Attica, as Thucydides (ll, J 8, 2- 3) clearly unplies, as well as an increasing prospericy. 4 ' The reason for the establishment of the pryranciou will have been the constituuonal swing away from smaller "royally" governed units to the larger but oligarchic union of Attica.

J. Rhodes, The Atllmio11 Boule (Oxford 1972) 24-25. 61! Implicit in this discussion i~ the suggestion that the prytaneis did not ori~inallv stay overnight in the tholm. Although it was a feature of the con~ti­ tution in Aristotle's day for a triH) s of the prytancis to sleep in the tholo~. it seems tn have been an ell:trnordmary event in 415 B. C. (Andocides I, 45) when the pryraneis spent the night in the tholos. This means that the tholos was not built for sleeping purposes, and that rhe size of the building placed a restriction on the size of a group sleeping there.

IV. Because certain details of corutructit)n and plan of the building ought to be better known, the discussion which follows g ives considerable detail. This same principle will be followed for other bw1dings presented in chapters four and five. DctaiJed presentations will be made whenever none is now available elsewhere. Measurements and observations which are not to be found in the cited sources will be based on visits to the various sires by W. A. McDonald in the early 1950's, and on visits from 1967 to 1970 by myself, during which measurements were checked and the accompanying photogr:~phs made.

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