). The most distinguished and venerable among
the priestly families in Attica, believed to be the descendants of the Thracian bard Eumolpus,
the introducer of the Eleusinian mysteries into Attica (Diod. Sic.i.
; Apollod. iii. 15.4.
) The ἱεροφάντης
was always a member of the family of the Eumolpidae, as Eumolpus
himself was believed to have been the first hierophant (Hesych. s. v. Εὐμολπίδαι
Hist. iv. 83
). For the judicial powers of the Eumolpidae, see the
, p. 582.