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The ‘fair singer’, was the mythical ancestor of the Eleusinian clan (see genos) of the Eumolpidae. He appears first in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter as one of the rulers of Eleusis instructed by the goddess in the mysteries. Acc. to the Eumolpidae, he was the son of Poseidon and became the first hierophantes. In art he holds a sceptre, like the hierophantes, who with his melodious voice, saw himself as re‐enacting the role of Eumolpus.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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