Thespiae, the Sanctuary of Eros
Last Update: 28 Feb 2021
The city of Thespiae in Central Greece
Thespiae was an ancient Greek city in Boeotia in Central Greece, at the foot of Mount Helikon, the home of the Muses
History of Thespiae
The city received its name from Thespia, a daughter of the river-god Asopos.
Thespiae was the sanctuary of Eros
, the Greek Gos of love, represented in the form of a monolithic stone, and every fifth year a festival called "Erotidia" was held in honor of the god.
Heracles in Thespiae
, the powerful hero of Greece, was on his way to Kithairon to kill the famous lion, he stopped for a night at Thespiae, where he asked the hospitality of King Thespios. The latter, as usual, lodged him in his palace and asked him to beget offspring with his fifty daughters. Heracles did not refuse, and nine months later King Thespios had fifty grandchildren, all directly descended from Heracles.