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Thebes

[theebz] /θibz/
noun
1.
an ancient city in Upper Egypt, on the Nile, whose ruins are located in the modern towns of Karnak and Luxor: a former capital of Egypt.
2.
a city of ancient Greece, in Boeotia: a rival of ancient Athens.
Related forms
Thebaic
[thi-bey-ik] /θɪˈbeɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Theban
[thee-buh n] /ˈθi bən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun

thebe

[te-be] /ˈtɛ bɛ/
noun
1.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Botswana, the 100th part of a pula.

Boeotia

[bee-oh-shuh] /biˈoʊ ʃə/
noun
1.
a district in ancient Greece, NW of Athens.
Capital: Thebes.
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  • If troops of the priests go from Thebes ye will drive them back and not let them approach Fayum.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Nor was Thebes an exception; for was not the governor a brother of Agesilaus?

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Sulla celebrated the festival for the victory in Thebes at the fountain of Oedipus, where he erected a stage.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • At Thebes a conference of the states had been convened to listen to the great king's letter.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • That done, you may rest assured Thebes will be completely under the thumb of Lacedaemon and of us, your friends.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • But while the soldiers were still seated in conclave, Coeratadas, of Thebes, arrived.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The "plain of Thebes" is still here, but deserted and silent.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • If the great cities Thebes and Memphis lay near to us, it would be different.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • Thebes and other cities rose, and called for help from Athens, their former foe.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • Therefore, in all respects it is better that she should proceed up the river to Thebes.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Thebes

Thebes

/θiːbz/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) the chief city of Boeotia, destroyed by Alexander the Great (336 bc)
2.
(in ancient Egypt) a city on the Nile: at various times capital of Upper Egypt or of the entire country

Boeotia

/bɪˈəʊʃɪə/
noun
1.
a region of ancient Greece, northwest of Athens. It consisted of ten city-states, which formed the Boeotian League, led by Thebes: at its height in the 4th century bc Modern Greek name Voiotia

Thebe

/ˈθiːbɪ/
noun
1.
(astronomy) an inner satellite of Jupiter discovered in 1979
Word Origin
C20: named after Thebe, mythical queen of Thebes
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