From Finland To Greece; Or, Three Seasons In Eastern Europe

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHarriet Cornelia Hayward

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIV. ELEUSIS. VISIT to Eleusis should be made by all means. It is twelve miles from Athens. The road is along the ancient Sacred Way, which began at what was known as the Dipylon, or double gate. The ancient Athenians had the same custom as the Romans--that of burying their dead along a highway outside the city gates. On either side of the Sacred Way were tombs, a few remains of which are still to be seen. It was through this the procession passed on their way to the Temple of the Mysteries. The olive groves bordering this road they tell us are not less than two thousand years old, and you do not doubt it when you see them, for with their gnarled and twisted trunks they look like veritable tree Methuselahs. We stopped on the route to visit the Temple of Apollo, where we saw some fine Byzantine mosaic. Farther on is the beautiful bay of Eleusis on the one hand, and on the other solid rocks, with niches where in ancient times votive offerings were placed. There was also a temple to Aphrodite here. Soon in the distance we see the ruins of Eleusis, where were celebrated with great pomp and splendor the Eleusian Mysteries. There were the Great and the Lesser Mysteries. The celebration of the former was in the spring, the latter in the fall. They were in honor of the goddess Demeter, or Ceres, and Persephone. The ancients worshiped Demeter as goddess of the cornfield, just as they did Dionysus, god of the vineyard. At the time Herodotus was initiated into these mysteries the following legend was firmly believed: Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, was, without the mother's consent, promised by the father in marriage to Pluto, and while she, with other maidens, was gathering flowers, "herself a fairer flower," the earth opened and Pluto carrie...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIV. ELEUSIS. VISIT to Eleusis should be made by all means. It is twelve miles from Athens. The road is along the anc...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217215947

ISBN - 13:9780217215947

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