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TROKHILOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Τροχιλος Trokhilos Trochilus Wheel (trokhos),
Turning (trokhazô)

TROKHILOS (or Trochilus) was a demi-god or hero of the Eleusinian Mysteries who seems to have presided over the sacred mill-wheel. His son was Triptolemos, the "husk-pounder." Trokhilos' own name was probably derived from the words trokhos, the wheel, and trochazô, to turn like a wheel. Trokhilos is perhaps the same as Dolikhos, an Eleusinian lord mentioned in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated
OFFSPRING
TRIPTOLEMOS, EUBOULEOS (by Eleusis) (Pausanias 1.14.2)

Homeric Hymn 2 to Demeter (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or 6th B.C.) :
[Demeter, disguised as an old woman, arrived in Eleusis where she is met by Kallidike (Callidice) who recites the names of the Eleusinian lords:]
" But now I will teach you clearly, telling you the names of men who have great power and honour here [in Eleusis] and are chief among the people, guarding our city's coif of towers by their wisdom and true judgements: there is wise Triptolemos and Dioklos and Polyxeinos and blameless Eumolpos and Dolikhos (Dolichus) [probably Trokhilos] and our own brave father [King Keleos, Celeus]."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 14. 2 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"It is said, then, that when Demeter came to Argos she was received by Pelasgos into his home, and that Khrysanthis (Chrysanthis), knowing about the rape of Kore (Core) [Persephone], related the story to her. Afterwards Trokhilos (Trochilus), the priest of the mysteries, fled, they say, from Argos because of the enmity of Agenor, came to Attika and married a woman of Eleusis, by whom he had two children Eubouleos (Eubulus) and Triptolemos. That is the account given by the Argives."


Sources:

  • The Homeric Hymns - Greek Epic C8th-4th B.C.
  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.