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A History, 1st Edition

By Nicholas Rockwell


178 pages

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Thebes offers a scholarly survey of the history and archaeology of the city, from 1600 BCE – 476 CE. Discussions of major developments in politics, war, society and culture form the basis of a chronological examination of one of Greece’s most powerful and dynamic cities. By taking a broad view, the book’s account speaks to larger trends in the ancient Mediterranean world while also demonstrating how Thebes was unique in its ancient context. It provides an up-to-date examination of all available information: topographic, demographic, numismatic, epigraphic, archaeological and textual discussions provide the most complete, current picture of ancient Thebes and illustrate the value of an interdisciplinary approach.


"Nicholas Rockwell has produced a judicious and reliable history of Thebes. Thebes: A History will satisfy readers' desires for a clear account of the long and tumultuous history of central Greece's most significant city, from its beginnings in the second millennium to Roman times."

- Daniel Berman, Temple University, USA

"Rockwell's Thebes: A History is a fine study in the military and political activities of the city-state. The analysis in these arenas is detailed and thorough, providing excellent information for scholars and students studying one of the most important, though often underappreciated, city-states of ancient Hellas."

- Phillip Zapkin, Pennsylvania State University, USA, The Classical Journal 2019

Table of Contents


  1. Mycenean Thebes (1600-1200 BCE)
  2. Dark Age and Renaissance Thebes (1200-700 BCE)
  3. Archaic Thebes (700-479 BCE)
  4. Classical Thebes (457-404 BCE)
  5. Classical Thebes (395-371 BCE)
  6. Classical Thebes (371-335 BCE)
  7. Hellenistic and Roman Thebes (323 BCE-395 CE)

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About the Author

Nicholas Rockwell received his BA and MA from CSU, Fresno and his PhD from UCLA. His research focuses on the connections between military and political developments in the ancient world, and he is currently working on a monograph about the citizen-soldier in antiquity. He has taught at UCLA and the University of Denver with courses on ancient Greece, Rome, the Near East, Egypt, comparative history, and warfare and politics.

About the Series

Cities of the Ancient World

Cities of the Ancient World examines the history, archaeology and cultural significance of key cities from across the ancient world, spanning northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Near East. Each volume explores the life of a significant place, charting its developments from its earliest history, through the transformations it experienced under different cultures and rulers, through to its later periods. These texts offer academics, students and the interested reader comprehensive and scholarly accounts of the life of each city.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies