About this blog:
This is where I blog about my Eros worship, blog about Eros worship in general, Eros, the Erotes and Divine Lovers; I also touch on Thespian myth and practises that I know about. Basically, if this doesn’t interest you, you’re going to get bored very fast.
About the title:
I thought it was a good title because Thespiae in Boeotia (also transliterated as Boiotia), in ancient Hellas (Greece) was the largest centre of cult worship of Eros in the ancient world. Thespiae was also a political opponent of the city of Thebes (also in Boeotia), and was one of the apparently few Boeotian cities not to model themselves after Thebes, which was a military-driven city; Thespiae, instead, found its place as a thriving centre of the arts, boasting at least two sculptures of Eros that were very famous in the ancient world, the first by Praxiteles, which was later carried off by the Roman Emperors Caligula and Nero, and the second sculpture by Lysippos. The ancient writer Strabo had said that people from all over Hellas would travel to Thespiae to see the Praxiteles Eros.
Politically and militarily, Thespiae was an historical ally of Sparta, sending 700 Thespian soldiers (according to Herodotus) with Leonidas to the Battle of Thermopylae (the real-life battle that the significantly fictionalised 1998 graphic novel and 2007 film 300 are based on) whereas Thebes in Boeotia only sent 400 soldiers and allied with the Persian armies. Though Thespiae had an inevitable fall to Persian armies and subsequent rebuild, by 171 BCE, there are surviving accounts that Thespiae was a “free city” allied with Rome.
I also find it interesting to note that, despite the chauvinism of Athens’ people during ancient times, which drove “Boeotian” to be used pejoratively to refer to somebody perceived as dull-witted or “backwards” (as much of Boeotia was rural), not only was Hesiod Boeotian, but so was Pindar, who was regarded by many in ancient times as the greatest (or at least general favourite) lyric poet of Hellas. Plutarch, too, was Boeotian, from the town of Chaeronea, North-West of Thebes.
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