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Archaeological site of Eleusis, one of the most important in Greece, is only half an hour from the center of Athens.
Eleusis is the place where the cult of the goddess Demeter existed for many centuries and where the most famous religious festival, called the Eleusinian mysteries, were performed in the honor of this deity.
The sanctuary and its cult have roots in the Mycenaean period (1500 - 1425 BCE). The ritual was originally local and it probably an agrarian aspect. The Athenians established this cult as Panhellenic during the period of Peisistratus. It flourished under the Romans until the proscription of the cult by Theodosius and the destruction of the sanctuary by the Goths about 400 AD.
"Eleusis." Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online.
Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist
This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn’t exist at all. It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.
"The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks," said UCLA astrophysicist Alice Shapley in a press release. "Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?"
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source: New York Magazine
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