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Greek Gods and Goddess: Thespius

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Introduction to Thespius

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Thespius and the myths and legends surrounding Thespius, Thespius relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Thespius

He was the son of Erechtheus and Praxithea, he was a mythical king of Thespiae, in Boeotia; he married Megamede, the daughter of Arneus. They reportedly had fifty children, all girls. When the daughters reached marital age he deliberately sought no husbands for any of them, for he secretly desired to have grandchildren by Heracles. Soon enough Heracles was challenged to hunt and kill a Lion, and Thespius offered his fifty daughters as a prize. The task took fifty days, and each night he bedded a different daughter; but the fiftieth refused his bed and was sent to serve as a virgin priestess in the temple of Heracles. Some say he slept with all of them in one night, or none refused him but this is to misunderstand the story. In Bibliotheca, Pseudo-Apollodorus names fifty offspring but only forty-nine daughters, to understand the numbers see SV, Heracles the Birth and other myths.

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