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THE ROAD TO ELEUSIS: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries by R. Gordon Wasson, Albert
Hofmann, and Carl A. P. Ruck. Preface by Huston Smith. Hindsight by Carl Ruck. Entheogens by Carl Ruck,

Jeremy Bigwood, Danny Staples, Jonathan Ott, & R.G. Wasson. Afterword by Albert Hofmann.

Printed in a limited edition at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy on Freelife recycled paper and bound in cloth.

$40 plus shipping (U.S. $6 via UPS; other countries $11 surface mail; $22 air mail) California residents please add 8.25% sales tax. ISBN 0-915148-20-X

The Road to Eleusis grew out of a three-way collaboration of scholar-scientists sparked by R. Gordon
Wasson's insight into the true nature of an ancient religious ritual, the Eleusinian Mysteries. These secret
rites of ancient Greece have remained a puzzle for four thousand years and still intrigue the world. In
collaboration with the world-renowned chemist, Albert Hofmann, and Carl Ruck, a Classical scholar
specializing in the ethnobotany of ancient Greece, R. Gordon Wasson gives solid foundation to what he
deduced as the essence of the Mysteries. The three authors present their findings and their evidence,
drawing the specialties of their three fields together in fascinatingly persuasive form.

"[Gordon Wasson has] made the specialty of mycology something of universal importance and one of the pillars of anthropology and the history of religions." – Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate, Literature

"This interpretation seems to solve the Mystery at last… The solution here offered by Wasson, Hofmann and Ruck is simple and elegant, like all good solutions, and leads us to wonder why it hadn't been hit upon sooner… Thanks to Wasson's perspicacity, we have here yet another astonishing chapter in the history of ethnomycology which for the first time places the sacred mushroom in our own cultural past…" – Jonathan Ott, author of Pharmacotheon

"The ideas which the authors – the banker, the chemist, and the Classicist – brought forth have been largely unchallenged and ignored by specialists in the culture of ancient and classical Greece. The siYuation seems to fulfill the rule of thumb that when ideas are controversial they are discussed, when they are revolutionary, they are ignored." – Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods

"The content of those Mysteries is, together with the identity of India's sacred soma plant, one of the two best kept secrets in history, and this book is the most successful attempt I know to unlock it. Triangulating the resources of an eminent Classics scholar, the most creative mycologist of our time, and the discoverer of LSD, [The Road to Eleusis] is a historical tour de force while being more than that. For by direct implication it raises contemporary questions which our cultural establishment has thus far deemed too hot to face." – Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

"Here is an important book that has not received, so far, the attention it deserves, and I am very glad that a new expanded edition is now available. The real breakthrough is the discovery of Albert Hofmann, the distinguished Swiss chemist who gave the world LSD, only to have his "child of sorrows" rejected. He establishes beyond the shadow of a doubt I think, that the drink served during the initiation rites at the Eleusinian Mysteries contained ergot. This –and no theatrical effects, as often assumed – fully accounts for the marvelous visions of another world that made this religious experience so unique. This book opens up new perspective for all serious students of the Classics and ancient culture." – Georg Luck, Professor of Classics, Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University.