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Celeae

Celeae was a town near Phlius in the north-eastern part of the Peloponnese. The city got its name from Dysaules, the brother of Celeus, who came to the land and established mysteries similar to those of Demeter in Eleusis. Dysaules was supposedly forced to abandon Eleusis and seek shelter in the Peloponnese after losing the war against the Athenians, commanded by Ion, son of Xuthus. The Mysteries …

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Celeae

Celeae was a town near Phlius in the north-eastern part of the Peloponnese. The city got its name from Dysaules, the brother of Celeus, who came to the land and established mysteries similar to those of Demeter in Eleusis. Dysaules was supposedly forced to abandon Eleusis and seek shelter in the Peloponnese after losing the war against the Athenians, commanded by Ion, son of Xuthus. The Mysteries were celebrated every four years and were almost identical to those in Eleusis. The Phliasians were, in fact, very proud to copy the sacred rites at Eleusis. The people of Celeae elected the chief priest before each celebration and did not serve for life. He even had the right to marry if he wished to do so. The tomb of Dysaules was in Celeae.