Lecture 13 ('09)

Eleusinian mysteries mysteries homeric hymn to

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Unformatted text preview: tructs temple and institute sacred rituals (the Eleusinian mysteries) mysteries) Homeric Hymn to Demeter Homeric Reconciliation with Zeus – Sends Hermes to fetch Persephone Sends from the Underworld from – Issue of the pomegranate seed Persephone can live 8 months in Persephone the upper world and 4 in the Underworld, with Hades Underworld, – Allegory for the cycle of life-deathrebirth of crops This myth was symbolically This important for the Eleusinian mysteries, a cult apparently tied to notions of resurrection notions – In fact, the hymn hints (tantalizingly) In at various aspects of the mysteries and the rituals performed during the festival festival The Eleusinian Mysteries The Took place in September-October each year Open to everyone (including women and slaves) – Only murderers and non-Greek speakers were prohibited A 9 day event, beginning in Athens and ending in Eleusis Some features we know of: – – – – ...
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