The Expedition of the Seven (page 517, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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Paus 8.25.8 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

In the Thebaid it is said that Adrastus fled from Thebes: “Wearing wretched clothes.” Greek Text

Paus 2.20.5 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

A little farther on is a sanctuary of the Seasons. On coming back from here you see statues of Polyneices, the son of Oedipus, and of all the chieftains who with him were killed in battle at the wall of Thebes. These men Aeschylus has reduced to the number of seven only, although there were more chiefs than this in the expedition, from Argos, from Messene, with some even from Arcadia. But the Argives have adopted the number seven from the drama of Aeschylus, and near to their statues are the statues of those who took Thebes: Aegialeus, son of Adrastus; Promachus, son of Parthenopaeus, son of Talaus; Polydorus, son of Hippomedon; Thersander; Alcmaeon and Amphilochus, the sons of Amphiaraus; Diomedes, and Sthenelus. Among their company were also Euryalus, son of Mecisteus, and Adrastus and Timeas, sons of Polyneices. Greek Text

Pyrgi, Antiquarium.  Pediment of Temple A.  Battle before Thebes.


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Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2020

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