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Thebes

[theebz]
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.
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Related formsThe·ba·ic [thi-bey-ik] /θɪˈbeɪ ɪk/, adjectiveThe·ban [thee-buh n] /ˈθi bən/, adjective, noun

thebe

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

[bee-oh-shuh]
noun
  1. a district in ancient Greece, NW of Athens. Capital: Thebes.
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Examples from the Web for thebes

Historical Examples

  • Who drove us into the arms of Athens, when we were hard pressed by the tyranny of Thebes?

    Stories from Thucydides

    H. L. Havell

  • In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • On reaching Thebes the troops encamped outside the city, round the gymnasium.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • They were to be the most majestic and the most beautiful to be found in Thebes.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • After that he turned to retire, keeping the walls of Thebes on his left.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for thebes

Thebes

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
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Boeotia

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 bcModern Greek name: Voiotia
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Thebe

noun
  1. astronomy an inner satellite of Jupiter discovered in 1979
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Word Origin

C20: named after Thebe, mythical queen of Thebes
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