City Eleusinion

The City Eleusinion. Detail of some ancient foundations. of particular importance is the block of yellowish limestone at the far right center of the photo. This is part of a long, rectangular monument (the "Classical Monument Base") that extended to the east (under the modern street). Since on the foundations of this monument are partially preserved, it is difficult to know with certainty what it may have been. Long and narrow monuments like this in other sanctuaries are frequently used to display votive offerings to the gods. The Classical Monument Base may also have beeb used for the display of inscribed stelai, but probably not the famous 'Attic Stelai' recording the confiscation and sale of household property of Alkibiades and his companions who were convicted of profaning the Eleusinian Mysteries and mutilating the Herms in 415/4 B.C. (See Thucydides 6.27-29). Pottery associated with the structure suggests a date in the 3rd quarter of the 5th century B.C. for its construction (Agora 31, p. 63). August 8, 2003.