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Remembering ParthenopeThe Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present$
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Jessica Hughes and Claudio Buongiovanni

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673933.001.0001

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Between Classical and Modern Naples

Between Classical and Modern Naples

‘Cultural Forgetting’ at the Time of the Gothic War

(p.105) 6 Between Classical and Modern Naples
Remembering Parthenope

Giovanni Polara

Oxford University Press

The city of Naples played a significant role in the first phase of the Gothic War that saw the opposition between the imperial troops led by Belisarius and Narsetes and those of the Germanic rulers from Theodatus and Witiges to Totila and Theia. Procopius refers broadly to these events, showing a clear interest in the strategic role that Campania and Naples could have in the new geopolitical balance of the Mediterranean area. In this chapter, the information of Procopius is evaluated with the suspicion that the shrewd historian deserves, and is compared with other Latin and Greek sources in order to define—both synchronically and diachronically—the status of Naples at a fundamental moment of its history. The events described by Procopius represent a turning point, both in the passage from antiquity to the Middle Ages and in the transmission of the image of classical Naples to later centuries.

Keywords:   Naples, Gothic War, Procopius, Belisarius, Campania

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