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    Neapolis (Arabic: نيابوليس) is a Tunisian archaeological site located on the coast, two kilometers southwest of the center of the city of Nabeul.

    Entrance to the Neapolis site
    Neapolis is considered to be one of the few cities in the Maghreb to bear a Greek name; it is also cited from the fifth century BC. AD in the texts of Thucydides. It is also the oldest city mentioned after Carthage and the same texts confirm its importance during the Punic period, before its destruction by Lucius Calpurnius Piso in 148 BC. J.-C ..

    The city is raised to the rank of colony under Caesar or Augustus. Until the fifth century, certain inscriptions still testify to its economic prosperity. The latest data on the city relate to the attestation of the bishops until 6461. This economic prosperity was based mainly on the production of a condiment much appreciated by the Romans and made from fish, the garum. The city was particularly affected by the consequences of a major earthquake that caused a tidal wave that in July 365 submerged a whole part of the city, the remains of which (about twenty hectares) were discovered in 2017 by an Italian archaeological mission. -tunisian

    March, 2023



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