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Headword: *(ierofa/nths
Adler number: iota,196
Translated headword: hierophant
Vetting Status: high
They say[1] that the first hierophant acquired this name [by being] the man who declared the sacred things on his way back from the war.
Greek Original:
*(ierofa/nths: ou(/tws w)noma/sqai fasi\ to\n prw=ton i(erofa/nthn, to\n a)pofh/nanta e)k tou= pole/mou a)pio/nta ta\ i(era/.
The hierophant was chief priest of the Eleusinian Mysteries; the office was hereditary within the aristocratic Athenian clan of the Eumolpidai. See also iota 195, and generally OCD(4) s.v.
[1] Harpokration s.v. (from which the present entry derives) is more specific: Dinarchus (fr. LXXXIV.2 Conomis).
Keywords: aetiology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 November 2000@10:19:51.
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