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An ancient city of eastern Greece near Athens, site of the Eleusinian mysteries.

El′eu·sin′i·an (ĕl′yo͝o-sĭn′ē-ən) adj. & n.
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(Placename) a town in Greece, in Attica about 23 km (14 miles) west of Athens, of which it is now an industrial suburb. Modern Greek name: Elevsís
Eleusinian n, adj
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(ɪˈlu sɪs)

an ancient city in Greece, in Attica.
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discovered by Matthiae at Moscow, describes the seizure of Persephone by Hades, the grief of Demeter, her stay at Eleusis, and her vengeance on gods and men by causing famine.
Firstly, it is certainly not later than the beginning of the sixth century, for it makes no mention of Iacchus, and the Dionysiac element was introduced at Eleusis at about that period.
One day, during her pilgrimage in quest of the entrance to Pluto's kingdom, she came to the palace of King Cereus, who reigned at Eleusis. Ascending a lofty flight of steps, she entered the portal, and found the royal household in very great alarm about the queen's baby.
The 5.3-magnitude quake was felt 5.6 miles from Eleusis just after 2pm local time.
The mothers of the Argive generals who perished in Thebes fighting by Polynices' side become suppliants at the temple of Demeter in Eleusis, joined by Adrastus, king of Argos.
Demeter's initiation as a priestess of the Tree mirrors the events recounted in the "Homeric Hymn to Demeter" wherein the mourning goddess comes to Eleusis (Nagy, 96-97).
eleusis appeared to be more closely related to others (Fig.
Aleister Crowley's Rites of Eleusis. Drama Review, 22, 3-26.
The "Toray", "Torishima", "Arflu", "Bel", "Protec Arisawa", "Eleusis", "Rufepa" and "Hermisan" companies presented their products at the event, including pumps, valves and desalination vessels, as well as equipment for the production of hydroponic feed for livestock, greenhouses and drip irrigation.
He had a residence on 'the sacred way' between Athens and Eleusis. In his residence was an iron bed in which he invited every traveller who passed by to spend the night.
As well sailing on small ship Aegean Odyssey, guests can also enjoy unique extras, such as private visits to Doge's Palace in Venice and the ancient shrine of Eleusis in Athens.