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- "Thebians. Cowards that surrendered to Xerxes."
In the 5th century BCE, Thebes was among the most powerful Greek city-states, rivaled only by Athens and Sparta. Prior to the Peloponnesian War, it was the home of the Legendary Seven Warriors. 
- The city was reputedly the birthplace of Herakles, as well as the home of the blind oracle Tiresias, as well as Oedipous and his family, including Antigone, Eteokles and Polynikes.
- The city's entrance was guarded by the Sphinx.