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 (bē-ō′shə, -shē-ə)
An ancient region of Greece north of Attica and the Gulf of Corinth. The cities of the region formed the Boeotian League in the sixth century bc but were usually under the dominance of Thebes.

Boe·o′tian adj. & n.


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Boeotia, a region of ancient Greece
(Placename) of or relating to Boeotia or its inhabitants
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Adj.1.Boeotian - of or relating to ancient Boeotia or its people or to the dialect spoken there in classical times; "Boeotian dialects"
References in classic literature ?
It originally belonged, it appears, to a Boeotian ram, who had taken on his back two children, when in danger of their lives, and fled with them over land and sea as far as Colchis.
In my own case there followed my acquaintance with these authors certain Boeotian years, when if I did not go backward I scarcely went forward in the paths I had set out upon.
It is not surprising, therefore, to find that from the first the Boeotian school is forced to season its matter with romantic episodes, and that later it tends more and more to revert (as in the "Shield of Heracles") to the Homeric tradition.
And now, reader, as we are in haste to attend our heroine, we will leave to thy sagacity to apply all this to the Boeotian writers, and to those authors who are their opposites.
Peneleos, Leitus, Arcesilaus, Prothoenor, and Clonius were captains of the Boeotians.
These were they that held Cyparissus, rocky Pytho, holy Crisa, Daulis, and Panopeus; they also that dwelt in Anemorea and Hyampolis, and about the waters of the river Cephissus, and Lilaea by the springs of the Cephissus; with their chieftains came forty ships, and they marshalled the forces of the Phoceans, which were stationed next to the Boeotians, on their left.