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Eleusis in the Roman Empire: Monumentalization of the sanctuary and the cult of Eleusinian Mysteries in Antonine Period

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Felipe Perissato
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE)
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Examining board members:
Maria Cristina Nicolau Kormikiari Passos; Claudio Walter Gomez Duarte; Fábio Augusto Morales Soares
Advisor: Maria Cristina Nicolau Kormikiari Passos

The Eleusinian Mysteries are one of the most prestigious panhellenic cults in the Ancient World. After the roman conquest of Greece, the benefits and privileges to the cult initiations were also spread to the citizens of all Roman Mediterranean. So, being inspiration to the intellectual elite and even to emperors like Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, the cult at Eleusis became fundamental to the reorganization of the greek society and identity of the greeks during the Roman Imperial Period. Therefore, this research aims to analyze the built space of the Eleusinian Sanctuaries in integrated way, from Eleusis to the City Eleusinion in the Athenian Agora, during the Roman Period (Second Century A.D.), seeking to understand the socio-cultural impact of the roman presence to the Eleusinian Mysteries and to the society reorganized around its sanctuary. Moreover, this dissertation seeks to prepare an interpretative schema to the transformation of the sacred spaces related to the Eleusinian cult as well to comprehend the dynamics and particularities of interactions within the Eleusinian landscape (AU)