Eleusinian votive relief

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Carole Raddato
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published on 03 January 2015

This is the largest and most important votive relief found at Eleusis. It represents the Eleusinian deities in a scene of mysterious rituel. On the left Demeter, clad in a peplos and holding a scepter in her left hand, offers ears of wheat to Triptolemos, son of Eleusinian king Keleos, to bestow on mankind. On the right Persephone, clad in a chiton and mantle and holding a torch, blesses Triptolemos with her right hand. This relief, dating to c. 440-430 BCE, was apparently famous in antiquity and was copied in the Roman period. (Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece)



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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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