Thebes, the Forgotten Greek City

Thebes, the Forgotten Greek City

Constant Wonder

Philip and Alexander

Episode: Philip and Alexander

  • Dec 10, 2020 7:00 pm
  • 17:54 mins

Frequently overshadowed by its Greek counterparts Athens and Sparta, Thebes too often gets a bad rap. But Thebes was actually pretty important, mythically and historically; it was the birthplace of Hercules, and played a key role in the Peloponnesian War. But it had to be resurrected after it was thoroughly crushed by Alexander the Great. Guest: Paul Cartledge, AG Leventis Senior Research Fellow Emeritus of Clare College Cambridge, and author of "Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece"