Thebaid

Thebaid

[thee-bey-id, -bee-]
noun
the ancient region surrounding Thebes, in Egypt.
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Thebaid (ˈθiːbeɪɪd, -bɪ-)
 
n
the territory around ancient Thebes in Egypt, or sometimes around Thebes in Greece

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Thebaid
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.
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