). The most solemn of all the festivals celebrated in the
Boeotian town of Thespiae. It took place every fifth year, and in honour of Eros, the
principal divinity of the Thespians. Respecting the particulars nothing is known, except that
it was solemnized with contests in music and gymnastics (
; Pausan. ix. 31.3; Athen. xiii. p. 561). At this festival
married couples made up any quarrels they might have. The worship of Eros seems to have been
early established at Thespiae, where the ancient symbolic representation of the
god—a rude stone—was long looked upon with reverence (Pausan. ix. 27.1).