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THESPEIA (or Thespia) was the Naiad Nymph of the spring, well or fountain of the town of Thespiai (Thespiae) in Boiotia (central Greece). She was a daughter of the local river-god Asopos who was carried off to the town by Apollon.

[1.1] ASOPOS (Corinna Frag 654, Pausanias 9.26.6)
[1.2] ASOPOS & METOPE (Diodorus Siculus 4.72.1-5)
[1.1] A SON? (by Apollon)


THESPEIA (Thespeia), a daughter of Asopus, from whom the town of Thespiae in Boeotia derived its name. (Paus. ix. 26. § 4.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Corinna, Fragment 654 (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) :
"Of these nine daughters [of Asopos] . . . Leto's son [Apollon] is in possession of Sinope and Thespia."

Corinna, Fragment 674 :
"Thespia [a daughter of Asopos and a town] of the beautiful offspring, lover of strangers, loved by the Mousai (Muses) [i.e. it is near Mount Helikon]."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 26. 6 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"They say that Thespia was a daughter of Asopos, who gave her name to the city [of Thespiae in Boiotia]."

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 72. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) :
"Asopos made his home in Phlios, where he married Metope, the daughter of Ladon, to whom were born two sons, Pelasgos and Ismenos, and twelve daughters, Korkyra and Salamis, also Aigina, Peirene, and Kleone, then Thebe, Tanagra, Thespeia, and Asopis, also Sinope, and finally Ornia and Khalkis."


  • Greek Lyric IV Corinna, Fragments - Greek Lyric C5th BC
  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD
  • Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History - Greek History C1st BC