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Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC

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At Leuctra both sides were motivated in many different ways to face each other on the battlefield, where the outcome was uncertain.
So when Cleombrotus, the Spartan king leading the invading force in 371 BC, finally broke through the Boeotian defences and arrived at the plain at Leuctra, he and his Spartan army were determined to force a fight and reclaim their reputation (Paus.
When the Spartans finally broke through the defenses, which had been established on the Boeotian borders, and arrived at the plain at Leuctra, this famous battle began.
At Leuctra there were various factors that influenced the morale of the soldiers.
The concentration of forces, for instance, affected the outcome of the battle at Leuctra (in Boetia) in 371 BCE, where the Thebans defeated the Spartans, in the same way it did in the German invasion of France in May 1940.
According to Fustel de Coulanges (1980 [1864]: 213), following the disastrous engagement of Sparta at Leuctra, relatives of those who survived had to show themselves publicly in tears, whereas those whose sons had perished were to be seen publicly `with gay countenances'.
This helps account for the shifting alliances that typified the era between the Peloponnesian War and the Peace of Leuctra.