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A pentapolis, from the Greek words πέντε (pente), "five" and πόλις (polis), "city(-state)" is a geographic and/or institutional grouping of five cities. Cities in the ancient world probably formed such groups for political, commercial and military reasons, as happened later with the Cinque Ports in England.

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The Pentapolis on the Adriatic was part of the Exarchate of Ravenna, an administrative unit of the Byzantine Empire. Red: The Pentapolis. Orange: Other cities of the Exarchate.

Pentapoleis of the modern world[edit]



United States of America[edit]


  • There are five qsur "walled villages" (ksour) located on rocky outcrops along the Wəd Mzab collectively known as the Pentapolis. They are Ghardaïa Tagherdayt, the principal settlement today; Beni Isguen At Isjen; Melika At Mlishet; Bounoura At Bunur; and El Atteuf Tajnint. Adding the more recent settlements of Bérianne and El Guerrara, the Mzab Heptapolis is completed.[3]


  1. ^ PD-icon.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Pentapolis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  2. ^ Barron, James. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN: FIVE TOWNS", The New York Times, July 10, 1983. Accessed May 20, 2008. "The basic five are Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett and Inwood. But the area also includes some unincorporated communities and two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, that are not added to the final total."
  3. ^ http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/mzabvalley.html

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Napa Valley Register
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:38:50 -0700

The play leaps around the Mediterranean from Tyre to Antioch, Pentapolis to Ephesus, and this suggested a connection for the students, namely that the present-day Mideast and Mediterranean is as filled with perils as it was for Pericles. In an ...

Napa Valley Register

Napa Valley Register
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:04:34 -0700

To avoid the revenge of the king, Pericles sets out on travels during which he saves the country of Tarsus from drought, moves on, gets shipwrecked and washes ashore in Pentapolis, where he wins another princess in a joust. This one, Pericles is able ...


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... trasporti della Camera dei Deputati, Fabio Massimo Frattale Mascioli dell'Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza e Responsabile scientifico di POMOS (Polo per la Mobilità Sostenibile) e Massimiliano Pontillo, Presidente di Pentapolis Onlus e ...


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New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:00:21 -0800

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Pentapolis, Pericles at last finds a suitable bride in Thaisa (Gia Crovatin), the daughter of the king, Simonides (John Rothman). Ms. Crovatin, lovely-looking though she is, unfortunately fails to bring much ...


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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:55:26 -0800

... J. Hume (a stoic, sage adviser to Pericles one moment, the bawdy proprietress of a brothel the next) and Jeffrey Blair Cornell (positively chameleon-like in his shifting from the creepy, incestuous King of Antioch to the warm, avuncular King of ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:10:19 -0800

More admirable paternal figures materialize, too, as at the court of Pentapolis, where benevolent King Simonides (Ripley, again) steers his daughter Thaisa (Parks, again) into Pericles's princely arms. And of course, it is the enduring bond between ...

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