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Cat among the ruins of the Prytaneion, Ephesus, Turkey | by Following Hadrian
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Cat among the ruins of the Prytaneion, Ephesus, Turkey

A Prytaneion was the seat of the Prytaneis (executive), and so the seat of government in ancient Greece. The term is used to describe any of a range of ancient structures where officials met (normally relating to the government of a city) but the term is also used to refer to the building where the officials and winners of the Olympic games met at Olympia. The Prytaneion normally stood in centre of the city, in the agora. The building contained the holy fire of Hestia, the goddess of the hearth, and symbol of the life of the city.

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Taken on April 20, 2011