Temple Tales: Olympia and Eleusis in myth and reality

Logo of the European Archaeology Days, 18-20 June 2021

This weekend (18-20 June) is the European Archaeology Days, a Europe-wide celebration of all things archaeological. Here at the British School at Athens, my colleague Michael Loy and I have joined in by recording a podcast-style talk on the ancient Greek religious sites of Eleusis and Olympia. “Temple Tales: Olympia and Eleusis in myth and reality” explores the archaeology of these sites and the myths surrounding them, and asks how we can try to use both of these types of evidence together to understand more about what people did there and what they believed.

You can watch it below or on the BSA website – this video will remain available after the weekend is over, so you don’t have to worry about missing it! Captions are available; content note, the talk includes mentions of abduction, rape, murder, violence including dismemberment, and cannibalism (all in a mythical context).

You can find more EAD events here – just pick your country from the list at the top right and you can search for online or maybe even in-person events to attend!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 885977.

Author: Anna P. Judson

Researcher of Linear B, currently in Athens

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