National Geographic : 1956 Jan
© National Geographic Society A Sarcophagus at Eleusis Portrays the Legendary Calydonian Boar Hunt Artemis, angered by the King of Calydon, sent a boar to devastate the land. Here Meleager, the king's son, surrounded by heroes of Greece, kills the beast. Salamis Island (background) overlooks the waters where Athens' fleet defeated Persia's in 480 B. C. Melville Bell Grosvenor + This Rock-hewn Hall Witnessed Ancient Greece's Most Sacred Rites The Mysteries of Eleusis-highly secret initiation rites and dramatic spectacles in honor of Demeter, god dess of cereals-were performed here in the Telesterion. Seats carved partly from the living rock and balconies above them accommodated 4,000 initiates.