City Eleusinion

Section of the Classical peribolos wall near the northwest corner of the City Eleusinion. The wall was probably constructed in the 4th century B.C. (or maybe a little later; see Agora 31, pp. 59-60). The wall in this section was stepped. On the uppermost preserved course, at right, you can see traces of cuttings where ancient stelai were once placed. Numerous inscribed slabs were found in excavations in this area, but none can are known to fit these cuttings exactly. These cutting remind us of the importance of public display in sanctuaries. The stelai would have been visible to anyone walking along the Panathenaic Way (left side of photo). On the side of the block with the stele cutting is a nice example of anathyrosis. The line of limestone blocks at the left are from the Post-Herulian Wall. View from the south. August 8, 2003.