Greco-Roman mysteries
Mystery religions, sacred mysteries or simply mysteries, were religious schools of the Greco-Roman world for which participation was reserved to initiates (mystai). The main characterization of this r...
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Cybele
Cybele (/ˈsɪbɨliː/; Phrygian: Matar Kubileya/Kubeleya "Kubeleyan Mother", perhaps "Mountain Mother"; Turkish Kibele; Lydian Kuvava; Greek: Κυβέλη Kybele, Κυβήβη Kybebe, Κύβελις Kybelis) was an or...
Cult of Dionysus
The Cult of Dionysus is strongly associated with satyrs, centaurs, and sileni, and its characteristic symbols are the bull, the serpent, the ivy, and the wine. The Dionysia and Lenaia festivals in Ath...
Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek: Ἐλευσίνια Μυστήρια) were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. They are the "most famous...
Mithraic mysteries
The Mithraic Mysteries were a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to 4th centuries AD. The name of the Persian god Mithra (proto-Indo-Iranian Mitra), adapted in...
Taurobolium
In the Roman Empire of the 2nd to 4th centuries, taurobolium referred to practices involving the sacrifice of a bull, which after mid-2nd century became connected with the worship of the Great Mother ...
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First Ancient Theatre, Larissa
The First Ancient Theatre of Larissa (Α' Αρχαίο Θέατρο Λάρισας) is a major open-air theatre and the largest theater in Thessaly, with a seating capability of 10,000 persons. It is situated on the sout...
Corybantes
According to the Greek mythology, the Korybantes (/ˌkɒr.ɪˈbænt.iːz/; Greek: Κορύβαντες) were the armed and crested dancers who worshipped the Phrygian goddess Cybele with drumming and dancing. They ar...
Cabeiri
In Greek mythology, the Cabeiri (Cabiri, Kabeiroi, or Kabiri; Ancient Greek: Κάβειροι) were a group of enigmatic chthonic deities. They were worshiped in a mystery cult closely associated with th...
Mithras (name)
The name Mithras (Latin, equivalent to Greek "Μίθρας",) is a form of Mithra, the name of an Iranian god, a point acknowledged by Mithras scholars since the days of Franz Cumont. The Greek form of the ...
Phrygia (name)
For the region, see PhrygiaPhrygia was a daughter of Cecrops, from whom the country of Phrygia was believed to have derived its name. Phrygia is also an epithet for Cybele, as the goddess who was wors...
Sacred mysteries
The term sacred mysteries generally denotes the area of supernatural phenomena associated with a divinity or a religious ideology. The term has two senses, which often overlap: Although the term "myst...
Jupiter Dolichenus
Jupiter Dolichenus was a Roman god created from the syncretization of Jupiter, the Roman 'King of the gods', and a Baal cult of Commagene in Asia Minor. The Baal gods were themselves king gods and the...
Hilaria
The Hilaria (Greek: ἱλάρια; Latin: hilaris, "cheerful") were ancient Roman religious festivals celebrated on the vernal equinox to honor Cybele.The Romans took this feast originally from the Greeks, w...
Queen of heaven (antiquity)
Queen of Heaven was a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, in particular Anat, Isis, Innana, Astarte, Hera and possibly Asherah (by the prophet ...
Orgia
In ancient Greek religion, an orgion (ὄργιον, more commonly in the plural orgia) was an ecstatic form of worship characteristic of some mystery cults. The orgion is in particular a cult ceremony of Di...
Orphism (religion)
Orphism (more rarely Orphicism) (Ancient Greek: Ὀρφικά) is the name given to a set of religious beliefs and practices originating in the ancient Greek and the Hellenistic world, as well as by the Thra...
Persephone
In Greek mythology, Persephone (/pərˈsɛfəniː/, per-SEH-fə-nee; Greek: Περσεφόνη), also called Kore (/ˈkɔəriː/; "the maiden"), is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, and is the qu...
Ploutonion
A ploutonion (Ancient Greek: Πλουτώνιον, "Place of Pluto") or plutonium (from the Latin) is a sanctuary specially dedicated to the ancient Greek and Roman god Pluto. Only a few such shrines are ...
Samothrace temple complex
The Samothrace Temple Complex, known as the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Greek Hieron ton Megalon Theon, is one of the principal Pan-Hellenic religious sanctuaries, located on the island of Samothrace...