GENERAL - 29.07.2022

Alaric and the last hierophant

In the early 360s, the Armenian Christian teacher and rhetorician Prohaeresius asked the hierophant in Eleusis to predict the duration of the measures adopted by Emperor Julian against the Christians. There is …

GENERAL - 15.07.2022

The Elaionas

It is almost impossible today to appreciate the impression that Elaionas gave once upon a time. It was a seemingly vast forest of olive trees to the west of the city (from today's Peristeri to Faliro) with exte…

GENERAL - 01.07.2022

The initiation of Heracles

Heracles was the quintessential hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene. He was the greatest Greek hero, founder of royal houses and defender of order against many chthonic monsters that threatened…

GENERAL - 20.06.2022

The Lacrateides relief

In the fourth century, worshippers began dedicating reliefs showing themselves and their families in the presence of the goddesses of Eleusis. The relief of Lacrateides is a typical example and one of the fasci…

GENERAL - 28.05.22

The Lesser Mysteries

The Lesser Mysteries was a religious celebration held in the month of Anthesterion (February-March) at the sanctuary of Demeter and Kore in Agra. According to the mythological tradition, the festival was establ…

GENERAL - 16.05.22

The outer courtyard of Eleusis

The outer courtyard of the sanctuary is, in essence, the end of the Sacred Way and a place where a large number of visitors could gather to attend events open to the uninitiated. It has an irregular shape with …

VIRTUAL MUSEUM - 15.04.22

Discovering the treasures of Eleusis' archaeological museum digitally: myEleusis.VM users

myEleusis' virtual museum is primarily aimed at three user groups.

Browsing the virtual museum:

Visitors to myEleusis can browse the 3D exhibits of the Eleusis archaeological museum. They can learn about and in…

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 27.03.22

Three gods in Eleusis

The team from the "Athena" Research Center presented the design, content, and architecture of the serious game "Three gods in Eleusis" in a paper presented at the PCI2021 conference.

Using WebGL technology, the…

GENERAL - 22.03.22

Lakeside

At the point where the Sacred Way emerges from the narrow pass of Daphni, travellers and mystai came upon the Rheitoi lakes, the traditional border between Eleusis and Athens. The Rheitoi lakes were supplied by…

DIGITAL TOUR - 20.03.22

Who stole the “deiknymena”?

It is the 20th of Boedromion in the year 160 CE. It's late at night, following the celebration of the arrival of the initiates from Athens to Eleusis at the Demeter and Kore sanctuary. Claudius the Phaidyntes, …

WEBSITE - 15.03.2022

Fitting the Eleusinian Mysteries into a single website

Could the Eleusinian Mysteries be contained on a single website? Yes, and we know because we're making it happen! myEleusis.web aspires to include everything we know about the Eleusinian cult, archaeological di…

GENERAL - 10.03.22

The dark-haired god

Hades was the god of the dead. He was the son of Kronos and Rhea and the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. The three brothers divided the universe into three parts. Zeus received the vast heavens, Poseidon inherite…

AUGMENTED REALITY - 06.03.22

From paper to virtual augmentation technologies

Since the beginning of the modern world, people have been using the tools at their disposal for historical and archaeological research, for the documentation, preservation or restoration purposes and to represe…

GENERAL - 03.03.22

Aeschylus and the Eleusinian Mysteries

Aeschylus was born in 525 BCE in Eleusis. According to tradition, his father, Euphorion, was a priest of the Eleusinian Mysteries and other family members served as hereditary priests. Aeschylus fought bravely …

GAMIFICATION - 28.02.22

Learning Eleusis while playing; the app's main characteristics

 

General description

myEleusis.GA is a playful navigation application at the archaeological site of Eleusis developed by Communications & Information Technologies Experts S.A. (CITE) for myEleusis. myEleus…

INTERACTIVE MAP - 20.02.22

Eleusinian Mysteries and the Sacred Way - Highlighting their importance through digital mapping

What was Straton’s monument, how is it related to Aspropyrgos, and why was it built there?

Who was Pythioniki and who built an extravagant cenotaph in her honour? What did Pausanias have to say about it?

The El…

GENERAL - 17.02.22

The Kallichoron well

The Kallichoron well is one of the oldest landmarks of Eleusis. According to the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, after wandering for ten days searching for Persephone, the goddess arrived in Eleusis disguised as an ol…

VIRTUAL MUSEUM - 14.02.22

The main characteristics of myEleusis.VM and its unique possibilities!

The virtual museum, developed for myEleusis by the “Athena” Research Centre, is a unique and innovative system that will provide users with various possibilities. The main quality that resides in the experience…

GENERAL - 10.02.22

Garlic festival

The Greek historian Plutarch revealed that the Athenians celebrated three annual sacred ploughings. The first took place upon a spot called Scirum or Skiron, the second in the Rharian field near Eleusis, and th…

DIGITAL REPOSITORY - 06.02.22

What inspired us for myEleusis.Repo?

The subsystem myEleusis.Repo is based on similar projects -national and international- on which the researchers of “Athena” Research Centre have worked in the past. State of the art technology regarding digital…

GENERAL - 03.02.22

Alcibiades and the Mysteries

In 415 BCE, Alcibiades, son of Cleinias, was at the height of his power and influence. An extraordinary soul and an embodiment of the pursuit of worldly power, according to Plato, Alcibiades was a prominent Ath…

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 30.01.22

The heroes of the myth guide us through Eleusis' treasures

“Three Gods in Eleusis”, a serious game developed for myEleusis by the "Athena" Research Centre, turns players into digital visitors of the sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, as well as the archaeological site and …

GENERAL - 27.01.22

The acropolis of Eleusis

The oldest confirmed settlement of Eleusis was founded around 2000 BCE on the top of the hill, which rises above the sanctuary of Demeter. The buildings were elongated megaron-type or rectangular, vaulted const…

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 …

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…

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 …

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.

Th…

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 it…

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 la…

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 ta…

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, M…

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…

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 multimed…

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 myr…

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 M…

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 Deme…

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 Antiquit…

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…

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 Process…

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…

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 cultu…

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 c…

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. Unfortunatel…

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 treas…

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…

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 r…

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 technolo…

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…

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 an…

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 …

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 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 ar…

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 en…

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 writ…

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 …