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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.

Significant historical cases[edit]

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]


  1. ^ PD-icon.svg "Pentapolis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  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."

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Louisville Eccentric Observer

Louisville Eccentric Observer
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:33:45 -0700

In the next scene, an enormous storm (streaming blue fabrics to express the turbulent sea and whooshing winds to evoke the storm) sinks Pericles' ship and casts him adrift at Pentapolis. Here, for the first time, he encounters a just and happy society ...

ARPAT - Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana

ARPAT - Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana
Wed, 13 May 2015 23:00:00 -0700

L'Osservatorio Eco–Media, nato dalla collaborazione tra l'associazione Pentapolis Onlus e Università Lumsa, si occupa di analizzare e monitorare l'informazione ambientale, soprattutto sui grandi media italiani. Il progetto si avvale, tra gli altri ...

Fars News Agency

Fars News Agency
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:48:45 -0700

TEHRAN (FNA)- The American Pentapolis Agency of statistics said in a report that the number of dead Arabs in the ranks of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) is increasing and cleared that a number of fighters of foreign nationalities in Syria are ...


Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:19:55 -0800

12 - Lorenzo Ria - opposizione Due associazioni “5 campanili” e “Pentapolis” condividono con nomi diversi il medesimo percorso: la fusione di cinque paesi Taviano, Racale, Alliste, Felline, Melissano in una città che sarebbe per numero di abitanti ...

Jefferson Public Radio

Jefferson Public Radio
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:54:46 -0700

Pursued by the King's hit man, Pericles sails to Tarsus, a city suffering terrible famine, and revives this wasteland with a cargo of corn. Sailing on, his ship is wrecked in a tempest, and he's cast ashore at Pentapolis, ruled this time by a good king ...

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:26:15 -0800

Pericles (Ben Carlson) is celebrated by the court of Pentapolis in Chicago Shakespeare's production. (Liz Lauren). In Pericles, now at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, happiness is tempered with sorrow and desperation with hope. Late in life, when writers ...


Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:58:40 -0800

I dati sono del primo Rapporto dell'Osservatorio Eco-Media, nato dalla collaborazione tra Pentapolis Onlus e Lumsa, presentato oggi alla sesta edizione del Sustainability International Forum, dal titolo "Informazione tra ambiente ed economia: un asset ...

Oak Park Journal

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:03:45 -0800

Post-tournament, the court of Pentapolis gathers for feasting and revelry, including a seemingly full-cast, choreographed scene that highlights the most joyous moment in Pericles' life so far. (Nan Cibula-Jenkins' occasionally overstated costume design ...

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