Thursday, 27 December 2012

Lost Cities of Greece Part IV: Eleusis & The Eleusinian Mysteries


If entrances to the Underworld, famous emperors, famous play writes, magical potions & a 5000 year old secret sound interesting to you then you may want to make a trip to Eleusis. For many different reasons I have always had an interest in Eleusis and the Eleusian Mysteries, but for one reason or another I had never made the journey there. The Eleusian Mysteries held in Eleusis was the most important, or the most populous,  Religious Event in Ancient Greece for the Greeks and the Romans. We can say that these mysterious religious ceremonies went as far back as the Mycenaean Period and didn't end till 392 ACE when Roman/Christian Emperor Theodosius I closed the sanctuary down by decree. Of course before Theodosius came in on the scene, Christianity was gain much popularity and the sacred rights of the Eleusian Mysteries began to loose its importance. The last  Roman Emperor to be initiated in these sacred rights was Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus, or simply put, Julian.

Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus