Definition: Ancient Greek
city-state that was once one of the most prominent. A series
of bad choices doomed it, though. During the Persian Wars,
it sided with the Persians; after the Greek victory, Thebes
was punished severely. During the Peloponnesian Wars, Thebes
sided first with the Spartans and then against them. After
the war, Thebes was punished again but gained the upper hand
eventually because of Sparta's weakening. Finally, Thebes
defied Philip of Macedonia; his son, Alexander, later
invaded and destroyed the city. It was later rebuilt but
never the same.
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Ancient City of Thebes
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