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Tebas Hekatompylos

Index: El inmortal, El Aleph, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 533, 534, 543.

Thebes, city in Egypt

Fishburn and Hughes: The ancient capital of Boeotia, home of the mythical king Oedipus and the scene of other Greek tragedies. The Inmortal: The epithet 'Hekatompylos', 'with a hundred gates', is applied to Thebes by Homer in his list of the Trojan allies to indicate its wealth and power (Iliad 2. 505). The Theologians: The king of Thebes who saw two suns refers to Euripides' Bacchae (918): Pentheus, king of Thebes, grandson of Cadmus, the city's founder, has been initiated in the Dionysian rites and sent mad; he appears on the stage in a daze and utters the words: 'Why now! I seem to see two suns; a double Thebes; / Our city's walls with seven gates appears double.' The Inmortal; The Theologians