Eleusinian mysteries


Eleusinian mysteries
[ˌɛlju:'sɪnɪən]
plural noun the annual rites performed by the ancient Greeks at the village of Eleusis near Athens in honour of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.

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  • Eleusinian Mysteries — Topics in Greek mythology Gods Primordial gods and Titans Zeus and the Olympians Pan and the nymphs Apollo and Dionysus Sea gods and Earth gods Heroes Heracles and his Labors Achilles and the Trojan War …   Wikipedia

  • Eleusinian mysteries — the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Bacchus. [1635 45] * * * Most famous mystery religion of ancient Greece. It was based on… …   Universalium

  • Eleusinian mysteries — El•eu•sin′i•an mys′teries [[t]ˌɛl yʊˈsɪn i ən[/t]] n. pl. anq the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Dionysus • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • Eleusinian mysteries — /əljuˌsɪniən ˈmɪstriz/ (say uhlyooh.sineeuhn mistreez) plural noun (in ancient Greece) the famous mysteries and festival celebrated at the city of Eleusis and later Athens and elsewhere, in honour of Demeter (Ceres), Persephone, and Dionysus …   Australian English dictionary

  • Eleusinian mysteries — the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Bacchus. [1635 45] …   Useful english dictionary

  • ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES —    rites, initiation into which, as religiously conducive to the making of good men and good citizens, was compulsory on every free born Athenian, celebrated annually at Eleusis in honour of Demeter and Persephone, and which lasted nine days …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES —    information about these RITES, which took place as part of a MYSTERY RELIGION at Eleusis near Athens, is fragmentary and unreliable. Initiation lasted two years and involved vows of secrecy. The CULT was suppressed in the fourth century A.D …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • Eleusinian — El eu*sin i*an, a. [L. Eleusinius, Gr. ?.] Pertaining to Eleusis, in Greece, or to secret rites in honor of Ceres, there celebrated; as, Eleusinian mysteries or festivals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eleusinian — [el΄yo͞o sin′ē ən] adj. 1. of Eleusis 2. designating or of the secret religious rites (Eleusinian mysteries) celebrated at the ancient Greek city of Eleusis in honor of Demeter and Persephone …   English World dictionary

  • Mysteries — Mystery Mys ter*y (m[i^]s t[ e]r*[y^]), n.; pl. {Mysteries} (m[i^]s t[ e]r*[i^]z). [L. mysterium, Gr. mysth rion, fr. my sths one initiated in mysteries; cf. myei^n to initiate into the mysteries, fr. my ein to shut the eyes. Cf. {Mute}, a.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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