thebans

The Witches’ Alphabet: Theban Script.

Also called ‘’The Runes of Henorius’’, these letters are used to write spells and incantations in a ‘’Book of Shadows’’, and to inscribe one’s Craft name on ritual tools and Witch jewels. Their origin is lost in the mists of antiquity.

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Georgius Jehner von Orlamünde

Members of the Theban Legion

Germany (c. 1480)

Tempera on Wood Panel, 76 cm.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

So this painting pretty much reduced me to barely coherent squeals of “LET’S BE BOYFRIENDS OKAY”.

I MEAN. COME ON. LOOK AT THAT GUY IN THE MIDDLE.

*faints*

The Theban Alphabet

  • The Origin is unknown, But appeares in the 16th century in The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Cornelius Agrippa
  • Also called “The Witches Alphabet
  • Agrippa states that an 13thcentury Italian magician attributes the alphabet to Honorius (  Western Roman Emperor )
  • Used today by Pagans, Witches, And Wiccans to write spells and other texts (Like Talismans)
  • It is used to disguise the meaning of a text.
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Anonymous Bohemian Illuminator (Prague)

The Martyrdom of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion

Bohemia (1402)

Illumination on Parchment, 460 x 230 mm.

Martyrology (129 fols.), fol. 94 sup v , left border, second medallion from top: Martyrdom of St. Maurice and the Theban Legion.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

Wow. This is a pretty powerful image of the story of the Theban Legion and Saint Maurice. Also, God looking at what’s going on seems downright appalled at what’s happening.

Theban Alphabet aka Runes of Honorius

Theban characters are not actually Runes, they have only been referred to as the Runes of Honorius and have also been called the Witches Alphabet due to Wiccans and Witches using this alphabet to hide their spells and rituals usually in their book of shadows.  The magical realm have also used these characters, carved in stone or wood, for talismans and charms.

Fun fact. There was an Ancient Greek army called The Sacred Band of Thebes or The Thebans which was composed of 150 male couples. The generals believed that men fighting alongside their lovers would fight harder and die for rather than betray each other. That is so hot and awesome.

I demand an AU.

Leonidas, Spartan military king

Leonidas was a Spartan military king in 5BC, who is famous for leading his 300 Spartans, as well as Thespians and Thebans, against the Persian army of Xerxes in 480BC- this was the Battle of Thermopylae. 

Leonidas was defeated by Xerxes’ much larger army and killed, with the Persians mangling his corpse. According to Herodotus, the Thebans surrendered when Leonidas had been killed, as they had never wanted to be there in the first place.