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Epaminondas

      Epaminondas (8/4/2011 v.1) Επαμεινώνδας (8/4/2011 v.1)
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Author(s) : Beck Hans (12/4/2012)

For citation: Beck Hans , "Epaminondas", 2012,
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Epaminondas was a leading general of Thebes in the era of the Theban Hegemony (370s and 360s BCE) and one of the most renowned military commanders of Greek antiquity. Epaminondas’ main virtues were not only his valor and genius as a commander, but also his alleged adherence to philosophy. In some modern scholarly accounts, he has become a philosopher-general who was thought to have brought Pythagorean principles to the battlefield. He worked closely with Pelopidas, the other leading Theban figure of the 4th centuryBC, and was the architecte of the so-called "oblique phalanx".

 
 
 

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