The Daphnephoria was celebrated at Thebes in honour of Apollo every ninth year.
Three days later, Polemates defeated the invaders, and immediately instituted the Festival of Daphnephoria.
The Daphnephoria is headed by a boy, both whose parents are alive, and his nearest male relation carries the filleted pole.
From some points of view "The Daphnephoria" is Leighton's greatest achievement.
Of all his works in this class, there is no doubt that the Daphnephoria is the most technically complete.