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Friends Presentation: “Secret Celebrations: the Festival of Demeter & Persephone at Eleusis” by Dr Annabel Florence

August 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Friends Presentation Event

Secret Celebrations: the Festival of Demeter & Persephone at Eleusis” by Dr Annabel Florence

Everyone loves a good festival – the music, the food, the community spirit and the buzz of a crowd all there for one purpose. The ancient Greeks felt the same way and celebrated various festivals throughout the year. One in particular, famous for its secret rituals, attracted thousands of people from around the Mediterranean to the coastal town of Eleusis every year.

The Eleusinian Mysteries celebrated the goddess of fertility and agriculture, Demeter, and her daughter Persephone who was abducted by Hades. Participants were said to have witnessed a life-changing experience and took an oath never to reveal the secrets to which they had been exposed.  Inspired by the annual Abbey festival and the Abbey Museum’s engraved gemstone of Demeter-Ceres, this lecture looks at the foundational myth of Demeter’s cult and the celebration of the Mysteries as well as the importance of this festival not just at Athens but throughout the ancient world. 

Join the Abbey Museum Friends for this fascinating presentation. Includes a light afternoon tea.


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