Necropolis means the city of the dead. The archaeological place of Kerameikos in its biggest part is a necropolis, a place associated with death, religious practices and art. For the first time I will present info about Hekateion, the temple of Hekate in necropolis and a Triangular Hiero of an unknown Goddess, stand in a three ways crossroads, next to the way of Eleusis.
In this article you will read how the ancient Atheneans used to bury their dead, how they saw death from 3000 b.C.until the Roman period 300 a.C. The place we will use as a focal point is the Kerameikos, a part of Athens which was really important for daily life in ancient periods. Kerameikos is a crossroads between sacred way of Eleusis, a sacred way to Demosion Sema, the graves of all highli respected warriors and Atheneans and a road to ancient agora. Atheneans used to bury their dead in Kerameikos. The had sacred places for main Gods and Goddesses, special buildings from woman of Aphrodite, laboratories and market full of merchants of wine, food, pottery and artists.
This is an extended article that I am writing before the dark moon of September as an offering to the Goddess Hekate Chthonia. I am going to present some basic information about the ancient hellenic necromancy and then a presentation of one of the four biggest death oracles in the ancient world will be presented. Averno is closely associated with Hekate and Persephone. So, our Goddess lived there and She was very active bringing the dead back to life.