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Εὐμολπιδῶν, the priestly clan which provided the hierophants of the Eleusinian mysteries, and the ἐξηγηταὶ of laws touching ἀσέβεια. They had some (though rather indefinite) judicial powers in cases of impiety, Dem. Androt. 601, Lys. 104 (10). The Κήρυκες were the other great priestly house, who actually slew the victims (Athen. xiv. 79), and are generally mentioned in association with the Eumolpidae (e.g. Pausan. i. 38).

περὶ τῶν μυστικῶν Alcibiades had been charged with taking part in the mutilation of the Hermae, and with caricaturing the mysteries at a carousal. Plut. Alc. 19, ἔλεγον δὲ Θεόδωρον μέν τινα δρᾶν τὰ τοῦ κήρυκος, Πουλυτίωνα δὲ τὰ τοῦ δᾳδούχου, τὰ δὲ τοῦ ἱεροφάντου τὸν Ἀλκιβιάδην. Alcibiades was therefore charged with τὸ ἀσεβεῖν περὶ τὼ θεώ. The actual terms of the εἰσαγγελία are given in Plut. Alc 22, ending with παρὰ τὰ νόμιμα καὶ τὰ καθεστηκότα ὑπό τε Εὐμολπιδῶν καὶ Κηρύκων καὶ τῶν ἱερέων τῶν ἐξ Ἐλευσῖνος.

μαρτυρομένων καὶ ἐπιθειαζόντων per deos obtestantibus. Cf. ii. 75, τοσαῦτα ἐπιθειάσας. μὴ κατάγειν depends on the combined sense of the participles, which are words of dissuading.

παρελθὼν sc. ἐπὶ τὸ βῆμα.

πρὸς . . . σχετλιασμὸν ‘in the face of much indignant complaint.’

παράγωνproducens in medium,’ P-S. The causative of παρελθεῖν: cf. παράγειν ἐς μέσον, Hdt. iii. 129. Used of a witness, Dem. 285 (170). Cf. iii. 68, ἕνα ἕκαστον παραγαγόντες καὶ ἐρωτῶντες . . . ὁπότε μὴ φαῖεν κ.τ.λ.; v. 46, etc.

οὐκ ἐλάσσους Cf. πλέοσι ναυσὶ, c. 52.

ἀντιπρῴρους ‘facing them,’ i.e. in a condition and spirit ready for action.

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