This select committee was known technically as the "Prytanes."
The so-called "King Archon" had special cognizance of most
cases involving religious questions; and his court was in this stoa.
The Greeks lacked many of our common flowers. Their ordinary
flowers were white violets, narcissus, lilies, crocuses, blue
hyacinths, and roses ("the Flower of Zeus"). The usual garland was
made of myrtle or ivy and then entwined with various flowers.
A wealthier purchaser would, of course, have his own pouch, or
more probably one carried for him by a slave.
To serve the state in any official capacity (usually without
any salary attached to the office) would give the highest satisfaction
to any Greek. The desire for participation in public affairs might be
described as a mania.