City of legends
The defeater of Sparta
Thebes, the birthplace of the legendary
hero Herakles and men of importance like Pindar and
Epameinondas, played a major role in the affairs of Greece, from its
early history as the many legends of the city testify. Though not a great
power, for a short time, thanks to the genius of Epameinondas and its
superb trained army, led by the Sacred Band, took the hegemony of
Greece by defeating the invincible Sparta.
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