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Seven Against Thebes

The Quest of the Original Magnificent Seven

Stephen Dando-Collins

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An exploration of myth, legend, and origin stories passed from generation to generation.

In the thirteenth century BC, a quarter of a century before the Trojan War, seven Greek warrior heroes went against the Greek city of Thebes to restore one of their number to the throne of his father, the famous King Oedipus. Several children of those seven heroes would later take part in the siege of Troy.

This adventure was equal in the minds of Greeks and Romans with the siege of Troy as told in Homer’s epic The Iliad, an event which it predated by a generation. And while the story contains mythical elements, there are no factual, historical, or archaeological reasons to suggest that the military campaign did not take place much as described.

Initially sung in verse and later committed to written form via histories, ancient poems, and plays, Seven Against Thebes is a historical narrative concerning one of the greatest military adventures of all time.

Imprint:   Turner
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781684428922
ISBN 10:   1684428920
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Dando-Collins is the multi-award-winning author of forty-seven books, including biographies and nonfiction works on ancient Rome, Greece, and Persia, as well as American, British, French, and Australian history including World War I and World War II. These works focus on military history, with Stephen considered an authority on the legions of imperial Rome. He has also written several successful novels and children’s novels. His books are widely published in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and they appear in translation in Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Albania, Russia, Korea, and Latin America.

Reviews for Seven Against Thebes: The Quest of the Original Magnificent Seven

“With impressive and thorough attention to detail, Stephen Dando-Collins’s Seven Against Thebes brings the ancient world into fierce action. He shows the all too human emotions, motives, and clashes of these Bronze Age men, who may—or may not—have lived more than three millennia ago, in a thrilling and astonishingly relatable way. By puzzling through the different variations of the myth, corroborating them with geographies, biographies, poems, artwork, archaeological evidence, histories, and more, he manages to expertly stitch together the remains to bring to life the incredibly important and foundational ancient myth of Thebes.” —Anya Leonard, founder and director of Classical Wisdom, author of Sappho: The Lost Poetess “Why—only, and this—Seven fighting against the great ancient city of Thebes? Read all about it in Stephen Dando-Collins’s latest mythographic extravaganza, squarely based as it is on the complex multiplicity of enthralling ancient written sources.” —Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture emeritus at Cambridge University and author of Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece “Yet another scorching and enthralling epic from the pen of Stephen Dando-Collins, the modern age’s foremost dramatizer of ancient Greek and Roman history. Enough turmoil, blood, and tears for six books!” —Robin Hawdon, British playwright and author of Almost Famous and The Land, the Land

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