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(Εὔμολπος; Eúmolpos, ‘the one who sings well’). Mythical progenitor of the Eumolpids, the Eleusinian family from whom the  hierophant and other priests of the Eleusinian  Mysteries derived. He first appears in the Homeric hymn to Demeter (154; 475) as one of the rulers of Eleusis who were initiated into the Mysteries by the goddess. In the opinion of the Eumolpids, E. was the son of Poseidon (Paus. 1,38,2; Aristid. 22,4 and passim) and the first hierophant (FGrH 10 fr. 13; schol. Aeschin. 3,18). On visual representations he holds a sceptre; his icono…

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Clinton, Kevin (Ithaca N. Y.), “Eumolpus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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