GENERAL - 20.01.22

The Sanctuary of Aphrodite

The sanctuary of Aphrodite in the district known as Aphaia Skaramangas is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive and recognisable monuments preserved along the Sacred Way. It is located about 1500 metres (0.9 miles) from the temple of Apollo at…

WEBSITE - 16.01.22

myEleusis.Web: Case studies that inspire us

Designing a website is not a simple task. A website, today, needs to meet certain criteria in order to be - not only user friendly - but, also, comprehensible, informative, attractive and aesthetically pleasing. As users tend to move away from the pa…

GENERAL - 13.01.22

The chief priest of Demeter

The hierophant was the chief priest of the cult of Demeter and the only mortal who had the right to enter the Anaktoron. His appointment was for life, but only members of the family of Eumolpidae were eligible for the office. The only exception (and …

AUGMENTED REALITY - 09.01.22

Reviving the monuments of Eleusis

The “Athena” Research Center team is developing myEleusis.AR, which is utilising augmented reality technologies, for the in situ digital reconstruction of the monuments of the archaeological site of Eleusis.

The archaeological site along with the sur…

GENERAL - 06.01.22

The Fleeing Maiden

The statue of the Fleeing Maiden depicts a female figure moving forcefully to the left. Made of Pentelic marble, the statue was found in 1924 near the Sacred House. The figure is smaller than life-size since its height barely reaches 0.65 meters (2.1…

GAMIFICATION - 02.01.22

Architecture & Technologies

myEleusis.GA is a playful navigation application at the Archaeological Site of Eleusis developed by Communications & Information Technologies Experts S.A. (CITE) for myEleusis project. Modern programming languages ​​and technologies have been use…

GENERAL - 30.12.21

The sacred silence

An absolute veil of secrecy covered the Mysteries. According to the Homeric Hymn, goddess Demeter instructed the people of Eleusis not to investigate or violate or publicise the content of the ceremonies she taught them. The prohibition survived for …

INTERACTIVE MAP - 26.12.21

Interactive maps showcasing the world’s monuments: Case Studies

What makes an interactive map a success?

Interactive maps are increasingly entering the field of culture, adding new value to sites of contemporary cultural production and cultural heritage.

Within myEleusis, MENTOR creates an interactive map that fo…

GENERAL - 23.12.21

The wall of Lycurgus

The crushing defeat of Athens at the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 BCE) ushered into a long period of political and social unrest. Eleusis found itself at the centre of a civil war between the supporters of the Thirty Tyrants and democrats. The f…

VIRTUAL MUSEUM - 19.12.21

Taking a peek at the virtual museum

The virtual museum myEleusis.VM, which is being implemented within myEleusis project, includes the exhibits of the archaeological Museum of Eleusis in 3D digitized form. 

myEleusis.VM utilizes text and multimedia content for the scientific documentat…

GENERAL - 16.12.21

The tablet of Ninnion

The Ninnion Tablet is the only original extant work of art that definitely represents the Eleusinian Mysteries’ initiation rites. The torches, the branches of myrtle tied with strands of wool (bakchoi), the myrtle wreaths, the kernoi, and the poppies…

DIGITAL REPOSITORY - 11.12.21

The architecture of the digital repository myEleusis.Repo

The digital repository, myEleusis.Repo, was designed by the “Athena” Research Centre team in Xanthi. It is implemented by Kostas Stavroglou, head of the ΙΤ Department (Xanthi branch), and scientific associate Markos Dimitsas, with the assistance of t…

GENERAL - 09.12.21

The torches of Demeter

The antithesis of light and shadow defines the path of Demeter and Persephone to a great degree in the myth. The light introduces gods to the world and announces their arrival, epiphany, or departure. When Demeter enters the palace of Keleos in Eleus…

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 06.12.21

Discovery Learning with myEleusis.SG

Within the myEleusis.SG subsystem, the team of the “Athena” Research Centre (researchers specializing in computer science and archaeologists) in collaboration with the archaeologists of the Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica, approach the sanctua…

GENERAL - 03.12.21

Persephone’s pomegranate

The pomegranate belongs to the essential symbols of the Eleusinian Mysteries and is intimately identified with Persephone. When Zeus ordered Hades to allow Kore to return to her mother Demeter, the one with the dark robe, the lord of the Underworld g…

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 28.11.2021

An interactive digital experience in ancient Eleusis

The myEleusis.PS digital experience, developed by the Narralive team of the “Athena” Research Center, takes place in ancient Eleusis in 160 CE. The story begins on the night of the arrival of the Sacred Procession from Athens, when the “phaidyntes” (…

GENERAL - 25.11.21

The first fruits

Famine was a constant threat hanging over the leads of ancient agricultural communities. Lousy weather, war and plunder, or a severe pandemic could destroy the crops and condemn the citizens of a town or region to hunger and deprivation. The story of…

WEBSITE - 23.11.2021

Cultural heritage on the web

In recent decades, new technologies have been more and more applied in every aspect of our daily lives. The sciences - the hard ones as well as the humanities - have not remained unaffected. 

The field of cultural heritage includes tangible and intan…

AUGMENTED REALITY - 21.11.21

myEleusis.AR - A glimpse into the past

The term Augmented Reality refers to the enrichment of the real (physical) world with synthetic/virtual information (texts, multimedia, 3D objects etc), which is digitally produced. To put it simply, the user can receive additional information on the…

GENERAL - 18.11.21

The Great Light

Entering the Telesterion was a stunning moment for the initiates. After all these weeks of preparation, it was finally time to become acquainted with the most profound secrets of Demeter’s rituals. Unfortunately, we know very little about what happen…

GAMIFICATION - 16.11.21

myEleusis.GA – Hunting Knowledge

myEleusis.GA is a playful navigation application at the archaeological site of Eleusis developed by Communications & Information Technologies Experts SA. (CITE). It is an alternative to the well-known treasure hunt game, in a mobile device based …

GENERAL - 11.11.21

The mirthless rock (agelastos petra)

The quest of Demeter for her daughter lasted for days. It was exhausting and pointless. Nobody seemed to know what had happened to Persephone. Finally, after nine days of a fruitless search, the goddess came to Eleusis and sat down to rest. But there…

INTERACTIVE MAP - 09.11.21

Interactive maps in the service of archaeological and cultural heritage sites

myEleusis.MAP is an application that is implemented within the myEleusis project, seeking to transfer the passer-by or the visitors of the area to the atmosphere of the Eleusinian Mysteries era. Following the route along the Sacred Way (Iera Odos) fr…

VIRTUAL MUSEUM - 7.11.21

myEleusis.VM - Virtual Reality Technology in museums

Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience, created via computers and technological means, in which users may immerse themselves and perform actions that were previously impossible. Virtual Reality technologies are applied in several fields, offe…

GENERAL - 04.11.21

Demeter’s new neighbour

The Mithraeum to the south of the Sacred House commemorates a period of religious crisis throughout the Roman Empire. Since the establishment of the sanctuary, Demeter and Persephone were the sole recipients of the adoration of the faithful who came …

DIGITAL REPOSITORY - 31.10.21

The myEleusis.Repo digital repository

What is a digital repository and what is it used for in a digital archeology project such as myEleusis, which is being developed for the archeological site of the sanctuary of Demeter in Eleusis?

In order to answer this question, we must emphasize th…

GENERAL - 29.10.21

Kernos: the Mystery vessel

“Its shape is peculiar and its use not at all clear”. Thus did the archaeologist Dimitrios Philios attempt to describe to the readers of the Archaeologiki Ephimeris (Archaeological Gazette) a series of strange clay vessels discovered approximately tw…

GAMIFICATION - 27.10.21

myEleusis.SG - Playing with the Mysteries

The myEleusis research project aims to introduce a wide audience to the Eleusinian Mysteries. A lot of effort goes into reaching people who do not normally visit an archeological site or are not aware of the archaeological wealth of Eleusis and the m…

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 25.10.2021

Story player - a digital storytelling software for myEleusis.PS

The myEleusis.PS digital experience will be available through the Story Player interactive digital storytelling software, developed by the “Athena” Research Center Narralive team. 

An “Interactive” narrative enables the audience to affect the develop…

GENERAL - 14.10.21

The chariot of Triptolemus

Sound-minded Triptolemus is among the most prominent protagonists of the myths associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries. He is also one of the most elusive. His genealogy is ambiguous, with various ancient writers describing him as the son of Celeus …

GENERAL - 30.09.21

The fall gathering of myEleusis

As we waited anxiously for the fall to finally arrive and bring some relief from the brutal summer we experienced, the team of myEleusis gathered at the MENTOR offices in Eleusis for the project’s first annual review. myEleusis began in December 2019…