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Seven against Thebes

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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the seven members of an expedition undertaken to regain for Polynices, a son of Oedipus, his share in the throne of Thebes from his usurping brother Eteocles. The seven are usually listed as Polynices, Adrastus, Amphiaraus, Capaneus, Hippomedon, Tydeus, and Parthenopaeus. The campaign failed and the warring brothers killed each other in single combat before the Theban walls. See also Adrastus
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First-century Latin poet Statius modeled his Thebaid, a retelling the Seven Against Thebes story, on the Aeneid, but the scholarly judgment of the poem as derivative and inferior has changed since the final decades of the 20th century.
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