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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.

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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 "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."
  3. ^ http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/mzabvalley.html

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The Register-Guard
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:12:57 -0800

They also invaded Egypt and were defeated by Pharaoh Ramose III in the 12th century b.c.e. The Philistines were organized in city-states, being the most important the Pentapolis: Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron, and their territory was close to ...
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
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 ...

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:11:15 -0800

Kada je imala 16 godina, sa Hekebolom, zvaničnikom iz Sirije, otputovala je u libijski Pentapolis, gde mu je "pravila društvo" dok je on vršio dužnost guvernera provincije. U povratku ka Konstantinopolju, zaustavila se u Aleksandriji gde je primila ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:00:00 -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 ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:49:44 -0800

Macho men posture vaingloriously before the tournament at Pentapolis, wrestle feverishly in the theatre's corridors, and, in a celebratory dance, surrender helplessly to ardent female groupies. My only quibble is that the sleazy realism of the scenes ...

Washington Free Beacon

Washington Free Beacon
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:56:15 -0800

After the unfortunate revelation that she has been committing incest for years with her father, he flees—and eventually arrives in Pentapolis with King Simonides and his daughter, Thaisa. Things move quickly: Pericles and Thaisa wed, she becomes great ...

Syracuse New Times

Syracuse New Times
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:07:30 -0700

As a reluctant contestant in a tournament in Pentapolis, he wins the hand of the king's daughter Thaisa (Jade Miori), who conveniently falls in love with him. Aboard the ship sailing back to Tyre, the young couple endures a savage storm, this ...


Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:55:40 -0700

Gath of the Philistines was the native place of the warrior giant Goliath and one of the five royal cities of the Philistines, the 'Philistine Pentapolis' (along with Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza & Ekron). It was the largest city in the land during the 10th ...

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