City Eleusinion

Detail of an inscribed stele (Agora I 4713) on the right (southern) side of the Propylon to the City Eleusinion. The upper part of the marble stele has been broken (and now, unfortunately, marred by a vandal with a can of paint), but it is still secured in its ancient base (which makes it a most unusual find). The inscription dates to the 2nd century A.C. and record a letter from a Roman official to the Panhellenion (a group of wealthy citizens who were interested in supporting the traditional cults of Athens and in repairing sanctuaries). To the right of the white marble stele, you can see two gray blocks of limestone that were orginally used as statue bases, but were later reused as building material in the Post-Herulian Wall. (Compare Agora 31, plate 31). August 8, 2003.