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Nablus (Roman Flavia Neapolis)
Nablus is a Palestinian city lying between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerzim some thirty miles to the north of Jerusalem. Nablus lies between the older settlements of Shechem to the east and Samaria (Greek Sebaste) to the northwest. Nablus was mentioned in the Tell Amarna letters as well as in the reports of Thutmose III which indicated that the city was built during the Canaanite Period. In this strategic location -- with an abundant water supply and a productive hinterland -- the Roman Titus founded a new town in AD 72 for veteran legionaries to settle. It was named Flavia Neapolis in honour of the Emperor Flavius Vespasian.