Definition of Boeotian in English:


Pronunciation /bɪˈəʊʃɪən//bɪˈəʊʃ(ə)n/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the ancient or modern Greek region of Boeotia or its inhabitants.

    ‘he was called upon to rescue the Boeotian army when it got into difficulties in Thessaly’
    • ‘He frustrated Thebes' plans for a united Boeotian federation by referring Plataea to Athens for alliance (probably in 519).’
    • ‘The Boeotian league began in the 5th century BC as a political federation under the leadership of Thebes.’
    • ‘Chaeronea, a small Boeotian city located 31 miles (50 km) north of Thebes, commanded the Cephissus valley.’
    • ‘The Boeotian territories began to produce their own coinage.’
    • ‘It was a Boeotian custom to burn the axle of the cart in which the bride was brought to mark the finality of the migration.’
    • ‘The papyrus fragments consistently reflect the Boeotian orthography of the late 3rd cent.’


  • An inhabitant of the Greek region of Boeotia.

    ‘he seems to have been a Boeotian by descent’
    • ‘Then Actaeon, the young Boeotian, spoke to his companions in the hunt as they wandered through the solitary wilds.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Athenians managed to successfully fight off the Boeotians on the Persian side.’
    • ‘But just as Athens had not joined Sparta in revolt in 331, so now Sparta, Arcadia, and the Boeotians offered no support to Athens.’
    • ‘Sparta failed to co-ordinate a two-pronged attack on the Boeotians, and Lysander was killed in a Spartan defeat at Haliartus in Boeotia.’
    • ‘My allusions are to Sostratus the Boeotian, whom the Greeks called, and believed to be, Heracles; and more particularly to the philosopher Demonax.’
    • ‘He sent expeditions to Greece, to assist Sparta against the Boeotians.’