Puteoli


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Puteoli

(pyo͞otē`əlī), ancient city of Campania, S Italy, 8 mi (13 km) W of Naples. Founded c.520 B.C. by Samian Greeks from Cumae, it came under Roman control by the end of the 4th cent. B.C. and was made a citizen colony in 194. It became famous as Rome's port of entry for Eastern trade, handling notably mosaics, pottery, and perfumes. The shops were rich, and the city was surrounded by handsome villas.
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Later in Acts Paul discovers brothers (Christians) in Puteoli, the port city on the bay of Naples (Acts 28:14), while Christians come from Rome to escort him into the city from the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns (Acts 28:15).
Cumae and Puteoli were not Greek cities by any stretch of the imagination, and the term urbs Graeca issues from the mouth of a native Greek, and is not intended as the mockery of a quintessentially Roman place, but instead refers to a city which shows many signs of being indeed Greek.
The name itself is taken from the town of Puteoli, near Naples, where the local volcanic rock produced superior results when added to mortar.