In antiquity, the fame of Samothrace emanated from its mystery cult of the Great Gods, whose rites of initiation promised protection at sea and the opportunity to become a better and more pious person in all ways. The Sanctuary itself has the unmistakable aura of sacred ground. Within its sacred space events occurred that shaped both the mythic and historical ancient world. The island’s legendary family sired the Trojan race; here, the parents of Alexander the Great first met. The nature of the rites of initiation was held in silent trust by the community of initiated.