KADMILOS (or Cadmilus) was the demi-god father of the Kabeiroi (Cabeiri) gods of Samothrake. From him the Kadmiloi or Kadôloi, ministrants of the Mysteries of the Great Gods (Megaloi Theoi), were said to have received their name.
CA′DMILUS, CA′SMILUS, or CADMUS (Kadmilos, Kadmilos, or Kadmos), according to Acusilaus (ap. Strab. x. p. 472) a son of Hephaestus and Cabeiro, and father of the Samothracian Cabeiri and the Cabeirian nymphs. Others consider Cadmilus himself as the fourth of the Samothracian Cabeiri. (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. i. 917.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Strabo, Geography 10. 3. 19 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Akousilaüs [mythography C5th B.C.], the Argive, calls Kadmilos (Cadmilus) the son of Kabeiro (Cabeiro) and Hephaistos, and Kadmilos the father of three Kabeiroi (Cabeiri), and these the fathers of the Nymphai called Kabeirides (Cabeirides)."
The name Kadmilos is similar to Kadmos, first King of Boeotian Thebes. The pair were closely identified in several traditions. In one myth, the marriage of Kadmos and Harmonia took place on the island of Samothrake and, during their wedding celebrations, Harmonia's own brother Iasion was struck down by Zeus for lying with Demeter in a thrice-ploughed field. Kadmos afterwards emigrated to Boiotia and established the Theban Mysteries of the Great Goddesses. In another legend it was Prometheus, here described as the father of the Kabeiroi and so presumably identical to Kadmilos, who established these Theban rites.
- Strabo, Geography - Greek Geography C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.