Epaminondas and Thebes

  title={Epaminondas and Thebes},
  author={George Law Cawkwell},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  pages={254 - 278}
  • G. Cawkwell
  • Published 1 December 1972
  • History
  • The Classical Quarterly
Epaminondas the soldier has been much admired. His two great battles rank as masterpieces of the military art. Epaminondas himself perhaps regarded them as his greatest achievements, to judge by his last words as reported by Diodorus (15. 87). He had been carried from the battlefield of Mantinea with a spear stuck in his chest. The doctors declared that when the spear was removed he would die. After hearing that his own shield was safe and that the Boeotians had won, he ordered that the spear… 

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