Between History and Town-Planning: Danitis, Maccabees, Sadducees, Medicis, Suricis, Christians and Marranos in Terra Di Lavoro in the Middle Ages
Bova, Giancarlo, Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management
Southern Italy in the early Middle Ages is a particularly privileged region for civilization historians. The coexistence of regimes and of political contrasting influences, of stock peoples and different civilizations stimulates them to ask themselves what role each of those elements played there and as much preponderance they have gained. In particular, the so-called Southern Longobardy--which was between the Roman Byzantine Empire in the South and the Frank German Empire in the North, in the same time was the target of papal penetration and subject to Islamic incursions--was an area full of contrasts, syntheses and of survivals; here the Longobardic princes acted as intermediaries among different cultures and economies.
As regards the Hebrews in general, there is no concordance about the time of their early Diaspora in the world. Generally speaking we think that it began on the time of the second destruction of Jerusalem Temple, done by the Emperor Titus in 70 A .D.; other scholars suggest that the Diaspora started in 587 before the Vulgar Era and then on the first Temple destruction, done by Nebuchadnezzar, who obliged part of Jews to move to Babylon, capital of its reign. For other scholars it should go far back and arrive at the Hebrews captivity in Egypt, and then up to the Moses period.
As regards Southern Italy, Judaic communities had been in Capua for very long time. Names as Abraham, Ananias, Benedict, David, Elias, Iaret, Ierosolima, Iona, Isa, Israel, Iudeus, Jacob, Jesse, Manasses, Moses, Philistine, Samaritan, Zacchaeus and so many others are met in an astonishing way in our sources. It has been also said that <
From our studies emerges for the first time that in the ancient Capua the Hebrews were settled in the iudaica: outside Porta Albana, in direction of Saint Prisco's village (bosco de Adam), outside Porta Atellana (ad Ihona), outside Porta Diana, in direction of St. …