Thebes: The Forgotten City of Greece
The city of Thebes is all too often the overshadowed neighbour of Athens and Sparta. Indeed, there were two Thebes in Ancient Boeotia, not just one: the City of Myth and the City of History.
The ancient city has been immortalised as the mythic centre of Greek Drama, producing such infamous Tragic Heroes as Oedipus, Antigone, Pentheus. Even more removed is the splendor of its history: Epaminondas and Pelopidas, leading to Theban Hegemony in Greece after defeating Sparta in the Battle of Leuctra and Mantinea.
So how is it that Thebes, the cultural city that captivated the imagination of Greece and the military power that dominated much of Greece, has been forgotten?
The talk will last approximately 60 minutes and will be followed by a 30 minute Q+A session.
Professor Paul Cartledge is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare College.
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