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The archaeological site of Thebes. Photo: Joel Skidmore.

Thebes (theebz). Greek city, ruled in myth by Oedipus. Thebes was founded by Cadmus, who had consulted the Delphic Oracle while searching for his missing sister. The Oracle told Cadmus to abandon his search and follow the nearest cow instead. Wherever the cow lay down, he was to found a new city. There was another famous Thebes in Egypt.