Prytaneis: A Study of the Inscriptions Honoring the Athenian Councillors

by Sterling Dow

Hesperia Supplement 1
259 pp, 121 figs
8.5" x 11"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-501-0
Publication Date: Nov 1937
Status: Out of Print


Prytaneis were the executive officers in charge of the Athenian council (or boule) after its reorganization by Cleisthenes in the 6th century B.C. This study presents all documents recovered from the Athenian Agora relating to the prytaneis, beginning in 327/6 B.C. and ending in the reign of Augustus. 121 of the inscriptions are previously unpublished. Each inscription is presented with detailed epigraphic apparatus, and most are illustrated.

"The most praiseworthy features of this work are the careful transcription of texts and the prudent restoration of epigraphical formulae. The advance that Dow has made is more apparent in a comparison of his texts with those of earlier editors. By limiting himself to one type of document, the author has been enabled to make a definitive study of all phrases that occur in the prytany decrees and of all the officials honored therein." Kendrick Pritchett, AJP 60 (1939), pp. 257-260