- one of the hereditary aristocrats of ancient Athens and other states of Greece, who at one time formed the ruling class.
Origin of eupatrid
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His father, though connected with the priestly and high-born house of the Lycomedae, was not himself a Eupatrid.
To that eupatrid, joined before with himself, was now intrusted the command of the Grecian fleet.
Between the Eupatrid oligarchy and the rule of Peisistratus there comes the timocracy of Solon.
It is clear that the executive power in the state (see Archon) was still vested in the Eupatrid class.
It is not probable that the Eupatrid families were all autochthonous, even in the loose sense of that term.
- (in ancient Greece) a hereditary noble or landowner
C19: via Latin from Greek eupatridēs, literally: having a good father, from eu- + patēr father
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