Eleusina • Eleusinian Mysteries
Compton’s Encyclopedia
EleusisA city of ancient Greece, Eleusis is famous as the site of the secret religion called the Eleusinian mysteries. It lay on a fertile plain about 14 miles (23 kilometers) west of Athens, opposite the island of Salamis.Eleusis was independent until the 7th century bc, when Athens annexed the city
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Eleusis i-loo’sis (Ἐλευσίς). A town 14 mi. NW of Athens; it lies on a bay opposite the island of Salamis. A wealthy and independent town in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C., Eleusis later became a part of the city-state of Athens. It was the seat of the cult of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
a. Demeter at Eleusis
a. Demeter at Eleusis. The cult of Demeter at Eleusis could be covered in Classical religion, or earlier, and likewise, could have fit neatly into this essay’s sections on either Panhellenic or polis religion. The Eleusinian mysteries were a major festival in the religious calendar of the city of Athens,