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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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Colonizing the Past

Colonizing the Past

Cultural Memory and Civic Identity in Hellenistic and Roman Naples

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Remembering Parthenope

Kathryn Lomas

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role played by cultural memory in Naples, and its relationship with its Greek past, as it developed under Roman rule. It also considers what forces might have shaped such developments, how the Greek and non-Greek elements of local culture were interwoven, and how the philhellenism present in Roman culture may have affected this. In addition, it considers why Hellenism retained such significance for Naples, in particular. The extent to which communities in the western Mediterranean with a Greek heritage engaged with their Greek past, and the extent to which this form of cultural memory shaped contemporary culture, varied widely. In some communities Hellenism remained a prominent part of local cultural identity, but in others, it largely disappears from view, and few retain such a prominent element of Greek culture as Naples.

Keywords:   Naples, Greek, Roman, Hellenism, cultural memory, identity, philhellenism

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