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This chapter presents introductory notes to part three of this book Greek Religious Terminology Telete & Orgia. It examines the use of the words τελετή and ὄργια in the epigraphical evidence. The inscriptions are presented in the form of a catalogue, not a corpus. Only the relevant lines of each inscription are included. Each text is introduced by a short lemma that lists the nature of the inscription, a readily available edition (usually a corpus or SEG), and the approximate date of the document. τελετή and ὄργια are two Greek lexemes that belong to the same semantic field. In the context of the Eleusinian mysteries, they can even be synonymous. Both words occur exclusively in a religious context, except where they are used in a metaphorical sense. Neither word is limited, either in meaning or in context, to rituals of mystery religions.

Keywords: Eleusinian mysteries; epigraphical evidence; Greek religious terminology; mystery religions



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