Hence Christian hermits lived in the deserts of the Thebaid.
The Thebaid was in this respect a special field of their labours.
But all in vain: this concession failed to conciliate the rebellious, and the whole Thebaid rose against him to a man.
His chief work is, “The Thebaid,” an epic poem in twelve books.
The Bey escaped to the Thebaid, and the disappointed Sheikh presented himself to his employer.
He had been a labourer in a village of the Thebaid, and was very ignorant.
The Thebaid seems to have surrendered with scarcely any opposition.
Among others he strangled Mir Daud, king or bey of the Thebaid, and seized his treasure.
Statius, under the Flavian emperors, wrote several epic poems, of which the Thebaid survives.
But he did not change his ways, which were rather those of a monk of the Thebaid than of a vicar of a parish.
1727, "district around Thebes (in Egypt)," formerly haunted by hermits and ascetics. Also, "pertaining to (Boeotian) Thebes" in Greece, especially in reference to the poem by Statius.