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.
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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).
First having made our circuit to the Stoa of Sostratus and all the other places that could give us pleasure we then walked to the temple of Aphrodite, myself and Charicles enthusiastically, but Callicratidas unwillingly as it was to a womanly site/sight; it would have been more pleasurable for him, I believe, to exchange the Cnidian Aphrodite for the Eros at Thespiae. At the outset of Lycinus's description, the temple (naos) is presented as its own visual attraction, and stands for both the religious space and the statue-body it contains.
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.'' And they did.
There were also as many as seven hundred soldiers from Thespiae and also some Thebans.
A background to the discussion is supplied by the story of the young man Bacchon `the handsome' and Ismenodora, a widow from Thespiae celebrated because of her wealth and family, and respectable as well (749C-F), Ismenodora clearly enjoyed the kind of reputation not shared by all widows in antiquity, who might well be the subject of disparaging comments (cf.