noun (plural prytanies)
- 1(In ancient Greece) each of the ten divisions of the Athenian Council of Five Hundred.More example sentences
- The prytany rotated on each tenth of the year and was responsible for the daily operation of the city-state.
- The year was divided into ten parts, and one tenth of the council, the Prytany, would meet during each period.
- 1.1A period of five weeks for which each of the prytanies presided in turn.More example sentences
- In the 4th century, there were 40 regularly scheduled meetings of the Assembly each year, four in each prytany (each prytany was one tenth of the year).
- In the 4th century, the boule scheduled 4 meetings during each prytany. Since a prytany was about 1/10 of a year, this means there were 40 Assembly meetings.
from Greek prutaneia, from prutanis 'prince, ruler'.