Thespiae


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Thespiae

(thĕs`pē-ē'), ancient city of Greece, in S Boeotia, near Mt. Helicon (now Elikón) and SW of Thebes. The Thespians fought (479 B.C.) against the Persians at Thermopylae and Plataea. They joined (after 382 B.C.) the Spartans against their rivals, the Thebans. The famous statue of Eros by Praxiteles was a showpiece of Thespiae.
References in classic literature ?
He was forced by poverty to leave his native place, and returned to continental Greece, where he settled at Ascra near Thespiae in Boeotia
Perses, however, who is represented as an idler and spendthrift, obtained and kept the larger share by bribing the corrupt `lords' who ruled from Thespiae ("Works and Days", 37-39).
They came from the ancient Greek city of Thespiae but to me they still evoked thoughts of Bombardier 'Gloria'' Beaumont and his concert party and the enthusiasm of Mickey Rooney saying to Judy Garland: 'Let''s put the show on right here.
There were also as many as seven hundred soldiers from Thespiae and also some Thebans.