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a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Hannah Spock, Morgan Lubenow, Allison Schaub, JohnPaul Aguilar, John Tran
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, John Paul Aguilar
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Last modified May 09, 2022 12:21 AM History
The Telesterion (ca. 435 - 421 B.C.) was a sacred hall at Eleusis used for the annual initiation ceremonies for the cult of Demeter and Persephone known as the Eleusinian Mysteries.

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sanctuary (religious center), temple


The Telesterion is a hall for the initiation ceremonies known as the Eleusinian Mysteries. This hall provides information about how these ceremonies were held, and reveals a great deal about the Eleusinian Mysteries themselves. The attention paid to the elaborate details of this building shows how important these ceremonies were to the Greeks. Originally built in the 6th century, the building features many unique architectural features unlike those of other Greek temples, such as how seats and staircases were carved into the rocks rather than built separately. The building has gone through many destructions and reconstructions; its final destruction was in 396 AD by the forces of Alaric I.

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Hannah Spock, Morgan Lubenow, Allison Schaub, JohnPaul Aguilar, John Tran, Jeffrey Becker, and John Paul Aguilar, 'Telesterion: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 22 June 2024]

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