American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An ancient city of Upper Egypt on the Nile River in present-day central Egypt. It flourished from the mid-22nd to the 18th century B.C. as a royal residence and a religious center for the worship of Amen. Its archaeological remains include many splendid temples and the tomb of Tutankhamen in the nearby Valley of the Kings.
- An ancient city of Boeotia in east-central Greece northwest of Athens. Originally a Mycenaean city, it reached the height of its power in the fourth century B.C. but was largely destroyed by Alexander in 336.
- n. an ancient Greek city in Boeotia destroyed by Alexander the Great in 336 BC
- n. an ancient Egyptian city on the Nile River that flourished from the 22nd century BC to the 18th century BC; today the archeological remains include many splendid temples and tombs
- From Ancient Greek Θῆβαι (Thēbai), from Ionic-Attic Θῆβῆ (Thēbē), from Mycenean teqa, from Proto-Hellenic *Thēgʷā. (Wiktionary)
“The title refers to the Greek chorus, which is composed of Phoenician women on their way to Delphi who are trapped in Thebes by the war.”
“Before the beginning of the play's action, Eteocles and Polynices, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes 'civil war, died fighting each other for the throne.”
“From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people.”
“Amun and other gods in Thebes and left the capital, aiming to build a new one in the place now known as Tell El-Amarna.”
“Also passing higher vp by the banke of Nilus, there is to bee seene a fayre Citie ouerflowed with water, the which at such time as Nilus floweth lyeth vnder water, but when the water returneth to the marke, there plainely appeare princely palaces, and stately pillars, being of some called Thebes, where they say that Pharao was resident.”
“Assuming that the king formerly reigned in Thebes, it is probable that he would know nothing about the Hebrews; and that, as foreigners and shepherds, the new government would, from the first, regard them with dislike and scorn.”
“Geog.” s.v. The name Thebes pedion preserves the site.”
“At the time of her death, Egypt was ruled by Libyan kings, but the high priests who ruled Thebes, which is now within the city of Luxor, were independent.”
“The Mississippi broke through the highlands at a place called Thebes Gap in a flood event to take its present course see Cairo Lowland area on the map and capture the Ohio River channel.”
“Egypt was nothing more than what is called Thebes, as Homer, too, shows, modern though he is in relation to such changes.”
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