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 ELEUSIS - LoveToKnow Article on ELEUSIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Beyond this, close to the side of the Telesterion, are the foundations of a temple on higher ground; it has been conjectured that this was the temple of Demeter, but there is no evidence that such a building existed in historic times, apart from the Telesterion.
This was succeeded by a square hall, almost of the same plan as the later Telesterion, but about a quarter of the size; its eastern corner coincides with that of the later building, and it appears to have had a portico in front like that which, in the later hall, was a later addition.
The Telesterion took up the greater part of the sacred precinct, which seems merely to have served to keep the profane away from the temple.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /E/EL/ELEUSIS.htm   (1073 words)

 Mylonas/eleusi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This fragment apparently belonged to the temple of Demeter or to the protohistoric Telesterion of Eleusis.
But, as was the case with the Kimonian Parthenon, the Telesterion he began was not completed by 450 B.C. Then Pericles was in charge of the fortunes of Athens and the chief exponent of her cultural and artistic world mission.
What happened in the Telesterion, what was the initiation and what the tests, what were the mysteries which were revealed to the mystae, are questions that cannot be answered even today; the ancient Eleusinians kept their secret well.
www.samorini.net /doc/alt_aut/lr/mylonas.htm   (4833 words)

 Eleusinian Mysteries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Then on 20th and 21st Boedromion, the initiates entered a great hall called Telesterion where they were shown the sacred relics of Demeter.
Then, Demeter is sitting (inside the Telesterion) on the kiste with Persephone introducing the initiates and holding a torch.
The second row of initiates were led by Iakchos, a male priest who held torches for the ceremonies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries   (1678 words)

 Anthroposophie Forum - Bibliothek: Die Eleusinischen Mysterien
The plan of the Telesterion is a confused mass of columns and walls to most visitors, but you can still sit on the steps cut away on two sides of the building's interior.
In this building the most important part of the ritual is supposed to have occurred: the ingestion of the kykeon, the mysterious sacrament that caused in participants intensive psychic changes, which cleared their souls, and made them accept death not so much as harm as a blessing, as one of the ancient diarists reported.
The main architectural features of the inner sanctuary are the Kallichoron or sacred well, the cave of Pluto adjacent to a triangular court and the Telesterion of Demeter (an almost square building that could seat 3000) where the secret initiation rites were completed and entrance to the uninitiated was forbidden on pain of death.
www.anthroposophie.net /bibliothek/geschichte/antike/bib_antike_eleusis.htm   (4022 words)

 TELESTERION esoteric psychology, philosophy, self-development, enlightenment, magick, brain, and mind.
This website is about exploring consciousness, states of consciousness, the development and training of the mind and self, enlightenment and self-development, esoteric practice, magick and the western esoteric tradition, and brain and mind.
Telesterion is devoted to the study and exploration of the human mind, the subjective experience of being a person; and to the development, training, and improvement of the inner experience, the human mind and the human brain's capacities and skills.
Telesterion is also the net presence of a modern day enlightened human.* For what it's worth.
www.telesterion.com   (397 words)

 Dave Fredrick, Eleusinian Mysteries.
Then on the fifth day (the 19th), they made the long march with the "sacred things" back to Eleusis (purple dots), where the sacred things were revealed in the Telesterion on the 20th.
Its seats were cut into the rock itself, and it was designed to hold the large number of initiates in the darkness until they experience the "things said, things done, and things revealed." Consequently the Telesterion does not have the columns and sculpture we associate with Greek sacred architecture.
Here is another plan of the Telesterion, with an artist's reconstruction of its appearance during the late 5th century.
www.uark.edu /campus-resources/dlevine/EleusinianMysteries.html   (505 words)

 Perseus Site: Eleusis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
600 B.C. a larger Telesterion, known as the Solonian was built and the Eleusinian Mysteries became a Panhellenic cult.
The Peisistratean Telesterion was destroyed during the Persian War.
The new Telesterion was built during the Periklean age in the 2nd half of the 5th century B.C. and the sanctuary became one of the most renowned in Greece.
www.perseus.tufts.edu /cgi-bin/siteindex?entry=Eleusis   (984 words)

 iqexpand.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ancient writers unanimously indicate that something was seen in the great telesterion or initiation hall within the sanctuary.
Telesterion Looking to west across the Telesterion towards the hill behind the sanctuary.
600 B.C. a larger Telesterion, known as the Solonian was built and the Eleusinian...
telesterion.iqexpand.com   (344 words)

 Eleusis - Pathways to Ancient Myth
The Telesterion, or the Temple of Demeter, is at least six layers deep, each layer successively larger than the preceding layer below.
The ruins of the structure now seen are the remains of the Periclean rebuilding as remodeled by Marcus Aurelius.
The south-eastern front of the Telesterion is adorned by the portico of Philo, or the Stoa of Philon.
www.calvin.edu /academic/clas/pathways/eleusis/etel.htm   (160 words)

 SANGRI   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is of the telesterion type, that is, with a hypostyle hall for the celebration of the mysteries.
he temple of Gyroulas is the telesterion, designed expressly for the celebration of the mysteries.
Well preserved also is a phase of its Christian period, when it was converted into a basilica.
www.culture.gr /2/21/211/21121a/e211ua14.html   (413 words)

 ELEFSINA | Archaeological Sites | Holidays in Greece | On-line tourism and traveling services | Holidayshop.gr
Archaeological researchers assume that the ceremony that followed in the Telesterion was some sort of re-enactment of the abduction of Demeter’s daughter.
The space west of the Telesterion was taken up by an oblong construction (erected during the Roman period) that lead to a temple known as L 10, dedicated to Faustina, the wife of Antonius Pius, who was worshiped as the new Demeter after she died.
The decline of the sanctuary of Elefsina is associated with the dominance of Christianity and the legislative decrees of Theodosius I (379 A.D.) banning all ancient cults.
www.holidayshop.gr /textsEn.asp?ElementId=2347   (1931 words)

For example, in 408 BC about 2150 were initiated in the same night, statistics which come from information regarding the initiation income of that year (Cavanough).
This hypothesis is based on the fact that Telesterion, with people sitting on all four sides of the hall, with its 42 massive columns and a building (Anaktoron) in the middle, didn't permit the witnessing of any common event.
What about the whole proceedings of the original Mysteries, which were held in Eleusis from 1500 BC on, i.e.
www.kid-pina.si /~arce/unpublish.htm   (1236 words)

 The Witches Way - Elusinian Mysteries
One year or more after experiencing the Telete, the initiate was entitled to attain the final degree in the mysteries of Eleusis, called Epopteia, "the Beholding." It is commonly believed that the rite was held in the Telesterion after the Telete, once the general initiates had been evacuated.
In the earlier part of the century, it was fashionable among scholars to assert that the spectacular content of the mysteries was derived from the performance of a hieros gamos, or sacred marriage.
Their theory is perhaps the first truly realistic explanation for the most-documented aspect of the sacred mysteries: their profound, beneficial and lasting effects upon the millions of initiates who, at one time or another, stood enraptured on the steps of the torch-lit Telesterion.
www.witchesway.net /links/elusinian.html   (5348 words)

 Walter Burkert on the Eleusinian Mysteries
Yet the Mysteries were open to the public: ‘whoever among the Greeks wishes is initiated’ (Hdt.
178 Sandbach); the Telesterion opened to admit the crowd, there were things ‘done’ by the hierophant and the priestesses, presumably in the dark, dimly lit by the torches of the torchbearer (daduchos); at some point a huge fire blazed up in the middle, ‘under’ which the hierophant was seen officiating.
The construction of the Telesterion gives some guidance to imagination, with steps rising on all four sides for the onlookers, and the anaktoron, a small rectangular building slightly off-centre with a door at its side, where the hierophant had his throne.
persephones.250free.com /burkert-mysteries.html   (704 words)

 Architecture of Eleusis
The parts that impressed me the most were the Telesterion and the Sacred Court.
The Telesterion must have been an awe inspiring place - with its seating in tiers and 6 entrances.
To see the hierophantes perform rituals here must have been like watching a magic show or other form of modern entertainment.
hyper.vcsun.org /HyperNews/jhartzog/get/classics315/848.html   (137 words)

This music is a collection of classically inspired compositions with the track, "Starseeds And Staircases" intended as an aid for meditation.
This music consists of two compositions that were originally designed for use within an isolation chamber, and both work well as an aid for meditation.
All compositions and instrumentation by Mark Miceli, spoken word on "Whispers In The Village" by Kelly Terlau.
www.easterislandmusic.com /Music.html   (736 words)

 London 2 Athens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Stravon mentions Ictinus as the architect of Telesterion, in Eleusis.
Telesterion was a ceremonial site where Eleusenian mysteries took place.
Surrounded by 4 walls, it had a capacity of 3,000 seats, 6 entrances, special seats for initiates, a decorated interior and multiple columns, which supported an additional floor.
www.london2athens.com /ictinusen.html   (259 words)

 What is Telesterion?
The word TELESTERION is the Greek name of a building in ancient Athens, the home of the initiates who presided over the Eleusian mysteries.
The word TELESTERION is the greek name of a building in ancient Athens, the home of the initiates who presided over the Eleusinian mysteries.
Seeking a name for a web site which reflected my material and point-of-view, and which had not already been taken at the interNIC name registry, I discovered, working from the word TELESMA (which was taken), that other names based on the greek TELE were still available.
www.telesterion.com /whatisteles.htm   (323 words)

 Greek Philosophy\GreekPhilHTM\Images\Eleusis
In the Telesterion, the mystes was initiated into the Eleusinian mysteries.
In the center of the Telesterion was the Anaktoron, a secret chamber from where the Hierophant (the presiding priest), would emerge during the initiation.
Before entering the Telesterion, the mystes would recite the synthema (password); Clement of Alexandria reported the synthema to be: "I fasted; I drank the kykeon; I took from the kiste (a box or chest); having done my task, I placed in the basket (kalathos) and from the basket into the kiste" (Protreptikos II, 18).
www.abu.nb.ca /Courses/GrPhil/Images/Eleusis.htm   (4053 words)

 Individual Project - In A Cavern: A Short Story
While I was confused by all of this, this feeling was overwhelmed by stronger and inexplicable feelings of anticipation, apprehension, excitement, and fear.
We were all shouting “Iacchos O Iacchos,” swinging bundles of branches back and forth to the rhythm, and dancing about in near ecstasy.
The priestess smiled, gestured, and I was led to join the large circle of new initiates that was forming around the Anaktoron – a rectangular, oblong, stone construction at the center of the Telesterion where the throne of the hierophant (the highest officiating priest) was placed.
personal.monm.edu /mgullber/indproject.htm   (2626 words)

 The Ecole Initiative: The Eleusinian Mysteries
He and his female assistant, the Dadouchousa, were probably also responsible for the lighting effects in the Telesterion during the ceremonies.
When the mystai entered the sacred precincts of the Telesterion, they may have been required to utter a special, formulaic password, or "synthema," to confirm their readiness to participate in the rites.
We know that the greatest intellects of the ancient world testified repeatedly to the salvific power of participation in the Mysteries--why then assume that those secret rites and teachings would not also have adapted to the times, so as to contain allusions to the deepest spiritual insights of which their devotees were capable?
www.uwec.edu /philrel/faculty/beach/publications/eleusis.html   (6157 words)

The telesterion of the tomb of Alexander the Great and its symbols
The tomb itself also functions as a telesterion which is indicated by the objects and symbols found in the tomb and used for the worship of Alexander.
People would not worship someone that was not a heroic King and Alexander was both a hero and a God.
www.souvaltzi.gr /ekdoseis_eng.htm   (591 words)

 Sanctuary of Eleusis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Pesistratos rebuilt the sanctuary, especially focusing on the area most sacred, the Telesterion, where the sacred mysteries took place.
The Greater Telesterion or Hall of Mysteries is almost square, 53m by 52m, partly cut out of the akropolis upon which it sits.
Looking at the Telesterion from the level above, towards the corner where the Mycenaean remains occur.
www.unca.edu /classics/rohancart/ALLPAGES/delphi/sanctuary_of_eleusis.htm   (533 words)

The telesterion, which rose nearly a storey in height, consisted of semi-circular rows of stone benches and a rectangular stage in the pit whose pillars, with their broad, imposing capitals, were the sole items of scenery.
Lila arrived at the main square to see the wagons with their wide trays of goods and trinkets pushed to the perimeter and lined up in rows under the parapet of the stockade, leaving the square vacant for the night's feasting and dancing.
The adepts who'd performed the ceremony for the onlookers in the telesterion gathered at the entrance to the square for their final activity before dispersing.
ausxip.com /fanfiction/l/liliad14.html   (9490 words)

 ELETS - Encyclopedia Britannica - ELETS - JCSM's Study Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is now possible to trace its boundaries as extended at various periods, and also many successive stages in the history of the Telesterion, or
Demetrius of Phalerum, about the end of the 4th century B.C. It was never completed, for the fluting of its columns still remains unfinished.
The precinct was full of altars, dedications and inscriptions; and many fragments of sculptures, pottery and other antiquities, from the earliest to the latest days of Greece, have been discovered.
www.jcsm.org /StudyCenter/Encyclopedia_Britannica/ECG_EMS/ELETS.html   (1356 words)

 Classical Myth, Second Edition Chapter 9 -- Destinations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Page with discussion of the Telesterion and links to many images
The film "My Dinner with Andre" (1981) contains a very vivid narrative of an initiation rite that could be very similar to what occurred in the telesterion in Eleusis.
The complex initiation rites and the final vision at Eleusis is not unlike any number of religious practices that hold out the promise of an unmediated experience with the divine in other and later cultures.
cwx.prenhall.com /bookbind/pubbooks/powell/chapter9/destinations1/deluxe-content.html   (275 words)

The date of the classical Telesterion at Eleusis.
Picard, C. L'architect Coroibos et le Telesterion d'Eleusis.
This page was created by David Gill on 22/10/99.
www.swan.ac.uk /classics/staff/dg/lectures/ma/eleusis.htm   (447 words)

 Lecture8   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hymn reproduces numerous features of the Mysteries celebrated in honor of Demeter prior to the 'mystery' (the arrheta) proper: i.e.
The claim that it takes us through mystic initiation up to the point of the arrheta must be carefully qualified.
Inside the telesterion: initiates apparently 'saw' Kore summoned by gong.
ccwf.cc.utexas.edu /~jlfriend/lecture8.html   (555 words)

 Brooklyn College/Classics 0.1/The Eleusinian Mysteries: Images
model of the site (note the prominence of the Telesterion; the Propylaia are at the top right)
plan of the Telesterion (as rebuilt in Roman times) by John Travlos (note the Anaktoron [Lord's/Lady's House] among the rows of columns)
the site of the Telesterion, viewed from the south, with the modern chapel above and rock-cut seats below)
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /classics/hansen/eleusis/eleusis-images.htm   (405 words)

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