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 Theban Legion.Thec’la (St.), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Thebes (1 syl.),
 
called The Hundred-Gated, was not Thebes of Bœotia, but of Thebaïs of Egypt, which extended over twenty-three miles of land. Homer says out of each gate the Thebans could send forth 200 war - chariots. (Egyptian, Taape or Taouab, city of the sun.)   1
       
“The world’s great empress on the Egyptian plain,
That spreads her conquests o’er a thousand states,
And pours her heroes through a hundred gates,
Two hundred horsemen and two hundred cars
From each wide portal issuing to the wars.”
       
Pope: Iliad, 1.
 


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