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ELEUSIS

Greek Name

Ελευσις

Transliteration

Eleusis

Latin Spelling

Eleusis

Translation

Of Eleusis (town)

Eleusis and Eniatos | Apulian red figure loutrophoros C4th B.C. | The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu
Eleusis and Eniatos, Apulian red-figure loutrophoros C4th B.C., The J. Paul Getty Museum

ELEUSIS was the eponymous demi-goddess or heroine of the town of Eleusis in Attika. She was an attendant of Demeter in the Eleusinian Mysteries and mother of the agrarian demi-gods Triptolemos and Eubouleus.

In the image right Eniatos (Year) stands beside the goddess Eleusis--or Demeter of Eleusis. She is seated on a pair of cushions and holds a four-headed Eleusinian torch.


PARENTS

Nowhere stated

OFFSPRING

TRIPTOLEMOS, EUBOULEOS (by Trokhilos) (Pausanias 1.14.3)


CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES

Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 14. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"It is said, then, that when Demeter came to Argos she was received by Pelasgos into his home, and that Khrysanthis (Chrysanthis), knowing about the rape of Kore (Core) [Persephone], related the story to her. Afterwards Trokhilos (Trochilus), the priest of the mysteries, fled, they say, from Argos because of the enmity of Agenor, came to Attika and married a woman of Eleusis, by whom he had two children Eubouleos (Eubuleus) and Triptolemos. That is the account given by the Argives."


SOURCES

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