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Thebes Syllabification: Thebes

Definition of Thebes in English:

1The Greek name for an ancient city in Upper Egypt, the ruins of which are located on the Nile River about 420 miles (675 km) south of Cairo. The capital of ancient Egypt under the 18th dynasty (circa 1550–1290 bc), it is the site of the major temples of Luxor and Karnak.
2A city in Greece, in Boeotia, northwest of Athens. A major military power in Greece following the defeat of the Spartans at the battle of Leuctra in 371 bc, it was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 336 bc. Greek name Thívai.



Pronunciation: /ˈTHēb(ə)n/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • But if Pindar, during his lifetime, had sold his house to some Theban, do you suppose that Alexander would have torn up the contract of sale and banished the legitimate owner?
  • The Greeks united and fought Philip, Spartans fighting alongside Thebans and Athenians at Chaeronea in 338.
  • When Antigone is sentenced to death, Haemon warns Creon that many Thebans believe that she should live.

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