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Things I didn’t know: Naples & Nablus

Naples, Italy, and Nablus, on the West Bank, essentially have the same name, derived from Greek.

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From my summer reading, I learned that Naples, Italy, and Nablus, on the West Bank, essentially have the same name, derived from “neo polis” or “nea polis” — that is, Greek or Latin for “new town.” Like Newton, Massachusetts, where I misspent part of my youth.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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