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Leuctra (Greek: Λεῦκτρα) was a village in ancient Greece, in Boeotia, seven miles southwest of Thebes. It is primarily known today as the site of the important 371 BC Battle of Leuctra in which the Thebans, under Epaminondas, defeated the Spartans. The Spartan hegemony was fallen after that battle, and the Thebans became a new power within the Hellenic world, until the rise of Macedon.

A modern Greek village (whose name is often transcribed "Lefktra" in accordance with modern Greek pronunciation) is now part of the municipality of Plataies.

Lefktra today

Lefktra is a traditional Greek village of Central Greece (Roumeli), located in the foothill of Kithairon (300 meters attribute). The population of Lefktra is 1,300 people nowadays. Thebes (the capital town of county Thivon) is sixteen kilometers away and Athens 70 km away, from the old national road. There are bus lines from Thebes to Lefktra and vice versa daily, and from Athens to Lefktra at the weekends.

Residents' main occupations are agriculture and stockbreeding.

Livadostra and Koromili beaches are ten minutes away by car.

Municipality of Lefktra, Kapareli, Plataies and Melisoxori

Kapareli and Lefktra were separate municipalities, and Plataies and Melisoxori as well were separate communities, until 1997, when the ministry of internal affairs decided to make a town unification. The town seat is based in Kapareli for population reasons and the new Municipality took the name of Plataies for historical reasons. These communities are approximately six miles (9 km) away from each other.

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