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Bronze Age Eleusis and the Origins of Ancient Greek Secret Cults
Michael Cosmopoulos, University of Missouri, St. Louis

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Bronze Age Eleusis and The Origins of The Eleusinian Mysteries (Book)
Title: Bronze Age Eleusis and The Origins of The Eleusinian Mysteries
Author: Michael Basil Cosmopoulos
Abstract: For more than one thousand years, people from every corner of the Greco-Roman world sought the hope for a blessed afterlife through initiation into the Mysteries of Demeter and Lore at Eleusis. In antiquity itself and in our memory of antiquity, the Eleusinian Mysteries stand out as the oldest and most venerable mystery cult. Despite the tremendous popularity of the Eleusinian Mysteries, their origins are unknown. Because they are lost in an era without written records, they can only be reconstructed with the help of archaeology. This book provides a much-needed synthesis of the archaeology of Eleusis during the Bronze Age and reconstructs the formation and early development of the Eleusinian Mysteries is complemented with discussions of the theology of Demeter and an update on the state of research in the archaeology of Eleusis from the Bronze Age to the end of antiquity.
Year: 2015
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781107010994
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes