Eleusis Timeline

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  • c. 1900 BCE
    First recorded settlement at Eleusis.
  • c. 1500 BCE
    First temple to Demeter & Persephone is built at Eleusis.
  • c. 600 BCE
    The Eleusinian Mysteries become part of the official Athenian religious calendar.
  • c. 479 BCE
    Eleusis is destroyed by the Persians.
  • c. 450 BCE
    Pericles oversees a significant rebuilding programme at Eleusis.
  • c. 360 BCE
    Eleusis is again expanded and new fortifications added.
  • 170 CE
    Eleusis is destroyed by the Costobocs.
  • 170 CE - 180 CE
    Marcus Aurelius oversees a rebuilding programme at Eleusis which includes a new propylaea.
  • 379 CE
    Theodosius I orders the closure of all Greek pagan sites.
  • 395 CE
    Eleusis is detroyed in the Visigoth invasion.