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 p681  Lernaea

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p681 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

LERNAEA (λερναῖα), were mysteries (τελετή) celebrated at Lerna in Argolis, in honour of Demeter (Paus. II.36 § 7). They were seem to have been instituted by Philammon (Paus. II.37 § 3). In ancient times the Argives carried the fire from the temple of Artemis Pyronia, on Mount Crathis, to the Lernaea (Paus. VIII.15 § 4). These mysteries were probably a remnant of the ancient religion of the Pelasgians, but further particulars are not known.

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