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Headword: *eu)molpi/dai
Adler number: epsilon,3584
Translated headword: Eumolpidai, Eumolpidae
Vetting Status: high
A clan [sc. in Athens descended] from the Thracian [sc. Eumolpos], who devised the initiation;[1] or from the son of Mousaios, who was fifth [in descent] from the second.[2]
"The Eumolpidai and the Kerykes called down curses on him."[3]
And elsewhere: "then he set at naught the holy things of the Eumolpidai and the Kerykes and the other families who were holy and dear to the gods, choosing a wisdom infamous and effeminate."[4]
Greek Original:
*eu)molpi/dai: ge/nos a)po\ tou= *qra|ko/s, o(\s kai\ th\n mu/hsin eu(=ren: h)\ a)po\ tou= *mousai/ou ui(ou=, o(\s h)=n a)po\ tou= deute/rou pe/mptos. e)phra/santo de\ au)tw=| *eu)molpi/dai kai\ *kh/rukes. kai\ au)=qis: ei)=ta me/ntoi par' ou)de\n qe/menos ta\ semna\ *eu)molpidw=n kai\ *khru/kwn kai\ tw=n a)/llwn genw=n i(erw=n te o)/ntwn kai\ qeofilw=n, e)pi/rrhton de\ kai\ qh=lun sofi/an proelo/menos.
For the aristocratic and priestly Athenian clan (genos) of the Eumolpidai -- closely associated with the Kerykes (kappa 1542), also mentioned here -- see generally Robert Parker, Athenian Religion (1996) 293-297.
[1] sc. at Eleusis. Initiation: cf. generally mu 1386.
[2] cf. epsilon 3585, mu 1294.
[3] cf. epsilon 2196 (Alkibiades).
[4] Part of Aelian fr.10 Hercher: fr. 10g Domingo-Forasté.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; history; mythology; religion; women
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 3 February 2008@21:08:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 February 2008@04:27:50.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 4 February 2008@04:29:17.
Catharine Roth (updated reference in note 4) on 27 March 2011@22:46:05.
David Whitehead (modified translation) on 28 March 2011@03:15:24.
David Whitehead on 7 November 2012@08:44:56.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 9 March 2016@03:25:06.


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