Telesterion: Temple of Demeter and Persephone (Eleusis, Greece)

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Dublin Core

Title

Telesterion: Temple of Demeter and Persephone (Eleusis, Greece)

Subject

Sanctuary of Demeter (Eleusis, Greece)
Eleusinian mysteries
Eleusis (Greece)
Temples, Greek--Greece
Demeter (Greek deity)
Ancient Greek religion
Homeric hymn to Demeter
Persephone (Greek deity)

Description

This photograph depicts the Telesterion, the ancient temple dedicated to the goddesses Demeter and Persephone. Located in Eleusis, Greece, the Telesterion was home to one of the most popular Mystery Cults of the ancient Greco-Roman world: i.e. the Eleusinian Mysteries. The myth associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries is recorded in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, which is an etiological myth describing the reason for the four seasons. In sum, Demeter's daughter, Persephone, was abducted by the god of the underworld, Hades. Refusing to let the young goddess return to her mother, Demeter - the goddess responsible for the growing of grains and other dry plants - refused to allow plants to grow. Zeus, the father of Persephone, convinced his brother, Hades, to return the girl to her mother for two-thirds of the year, and it was believed Persephone emerged from the underworld in Eleusis.

Creator

Proctor, Christopher

Date

03-June-2007

Rights

Noncommercial Reuse: The author of this work gives permission for this digital image to be reused
without modification for research and educative endeavors. Please cite the digital resource according to the convention provided by Omeka.

Format

image/jpg
530 KB
1280 x 960 pixels
72 PPI

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Identifier

CG0036

Coverage

Attikē (Greece)
1500 BCE – 396 CE

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Original Format

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