Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1974. 3rd impr. XX,346,(L)p. ills. Paperback. Small stamp on half title. 'Here we have the book on Eleusis and the mysteries that we have all been waiting for: a factual survey of the site (by one who knows it like the palm of his hand) and the cult, clearly written and meticulously differentiating between what is known, what is conjectural but possible, and what (though perhaps often conjectured and even generally accepted) is impossible. The evidence of the Christian Fathers is evaluated in a seperate appendix, where it is found wanting and a lot of bubbles are pricked. (...) After an introductory chapter, six are devoted to a detailed archaeological description of site and remains in all periods from Middle Helladic to Roman. (...) For most classical readers the focus of interest will be the last chapter on the mysteries themselves, in which we are given a vivid and fascinating day-by-day reconstruction, from literary and epigraphical sources, of the nine-day proceedings of the Greater Mysteries, stopping short only at the content of the final revelation. (...) The production is excellent, and the illustrations are a valuable addition.' (W.K.C. GUTHRIE in The Classical Review (New Series), 1963, pp.94-95).