City Eleusinion

Remains of the Circular Building (at right) in Section II. View from the west. The precise function of this building is unknown, but it may have been used in some of the rituals associated with the cult of Plouton (Hades), one the divinities closely associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries. It was apparently built in the 2nd century B.C., but then rebuilt in the late 1st or early 2nd century B.C, before being partly dismantled in the late 2nd or 3rd century B.C. (See Agora 31, pp. 81-83). In this area were found several deposits of a special type of ceramic vessel called a"plemochoe" (Agora 31, pp. 95-103). Ancient sources tell us that this shape was associated with the rituals of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Since these vessels seem to have been deliberately buried in the area (a common thing to find in Greek sanctuaries), it is likely that Section II did have some kind of relationship to the City Eleusinion. August 8, 2003.