- of or relating to Boeotia or its inhabitants.
- dull; obtuse; without cultural refinement.
- a native or inhabitant of Boeotia.
- a dull, obtuse person; Philistine.
Origin of Boeotian
Examples from the Web for boeotian
Very true, said Cebes, laughing gently and speaking in his native Boeotian.Phaedo
This was a certain Apollonides there present, who spoke in the Boeotian dialect.Anabasis
This does no more prove that Hector was a Boeotian than that he was an Athenian.The World of Homer
The Boeotian left, as far as the centre, was worsted by the Athenians.The History of the Peloponnesian War
The Boeotian potter may have appropriated the scene from an Athenian source.Problems in Periclean Buildings
G. W. Elderkin
- a native or inhabitant of Boeotia, a region of ancient Greece
- of or relating to Boeotia or its inhabitants
Word Origin and History for boeotian
1590s, "ignorant, dull," from Boeotia, district around Thebes in ancient Greece (said to have been so called for its cattle pastures; Greek bous = "ox"), whose inhabitants were characterized as proverbially dull and countrified by their neighbors, the Athenians. The Boeotians presumably held reciprocal opinions, but their great writers, Plutarch and Pindar, though patriots, are full of praise for Athenian deeds and institutions.
Though his aim was to vindicate Boeotia, [Pindar] has probably done her a disservice, in that he has helped to immortalise the scurrilous proverb Βοιωτία ύς, which he wished to confute. ... If left to itself, the slander might have passed into oblivion long ago. [W. Rhys Roberts, "The Ancient Boeotians," 1895]