Flavia Neapolis

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Flavia Neapolis (Greek for "new Flavian city") was an ancient city in Samaria in the urban area of ​​today's Nablus , near the former Shechem , below the rock of Gizim .

The city was founded by the Roman Emperor Vespasian after the Jewish War ; the era of the city dates from the year 72 AD. Under Hadrian , the city received a temple of Zeus on the Garyzim. It minted its own coins up to the 3rd century. In 244 Philip Arab raised the city to a colonia with the name Iulia (or Sergia ) Neapolis .

The sixth century mosaic map of Madaba shows a detailed depiction of Neapolis. In late antiquity, Neapolis became the seat of a bishop; the diocese continues in the Roman Catholic Church as the titular diocese of Neapolis in Palestine .


Early Byzantine coins of the emperor Herakleios with the inscription N or NEA are ascribed to a coin in Samaria. Since there are several cities with the name Neapolis, u. a. in Cyprus , however, the allocation is not entirely certain.


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Coordinates: 32 ° 13 ′ 13.8 ″  N , 35 ° 15 ′ 55.9 ″  E