- the ancient region surrounding Thebes, in Egypt.
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- the territory around ancient Thebes in Egypt, or sometimes around Thebes in Greece
Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper