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Isle of Nisida in the Gulf of Naples.
Isle of Nisida in the Gulf of Naples.

Nisida is a volcanic islet of the Flegrean Islands archipelago, in southern Italy. It lies at a very short distance from Cape Posillipo, just north of Naples; it is now connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. The isle is circular and has a diameter of c. 0.5 km and a highest altitude of 105 m. The Bay of Naples Naples (Italian: , Neapolitan: Nàpule, from Greek Νεάπολη < Νέα Πόλις Néa Pólis New City) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of the Campania region and the Province of Naples. ...

In ancient times Lucius Licinius Lucullus built a villa on Nisida, and also Marcus Iunius Brutus had a partician residence here. Here, the latter's wife Porcia, the daughter of Cato Uticensis, committed suicide. The claim is made that some of archaeologocal remains on Nisida are, indeed, those of the villa of Brutus, and that here is where the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar was hatched. In the 16th century a castle was built, which was subsequently a fief of the Macedonio family. Two notables of ancient Rome share the name Lucius Licinius Lucullus. The first was a novus homo who became consul in 151 BC. He was imprisoned by the tribunes for attempting to enforce a troop levy too harshly. ... Marcus Junius Brutus Caepio (85 BC&#8211;42 BC), or simply Brutus, was a Roman senator of the late Roman Republic. ... Porcia Catones (d. ...

In the 19th century, Nisida was the site of an infamous Bourbon prison that gained notoriety when--after a visit to the prison in 1851--William Gladstone wrote his Two Letters to the Earl of Aberdeen on the State Prosecutions of the Neapolitan Government, exposing the harsh conditions. In these letters, Gladstone coined the now famous description of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies as "the negation of God erected into a system of Government." Indignation throughout Europe was partially responsible for the at least partial bettering of such conditions in the prison, Also see:  Early Modern France The House of Bourbon is an important European royal house. ... William Ewart Gladstone (December 29, 1809 - May 19, 1898) was a British Liberal politician and Prime Minister (1868-1874, 1880-1885, 1886 and 1892-1894). ... The Two Sicilies The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Italian: il Regno delle Due Sicilie) was the new name that the Bourbon King Ferdinand IV of Naples bestowed upon his domain (including Southern Italy and the island of Sicily) after the end of the Napoleonic Era and the full restoration...

Nisida is divided now between a naval headquarters belonging to NATO and a juvenile detention facility. NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation[1] (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, the Atlantic Alliance or the Western Alliance, is an international organisation for collective security established in 1949, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington, DC, on 4 April 1949. ...

external sites

  • Item on Nisida and prisoner Carlo Poerio
  • Review of Gladstone's pamhlet

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Nisida by Alexandre Dumas: NISIDA--1825 (12500 words)
Nisida, the beloved daughter of Solomon, the fisherman, was, as we have said, the loveliest flower of the island from which she derived her name.
Nisida was more beautiful thus than she had been the day before; with the vaporous cloud of perfume that had folded her round from head to foot had disappeared all that mystic poetry which put a sort of constraint upon her admirers and obliged them to lower their glances.
Nisida was preoccupied by her lover`s departure, and Solomon, sharing unconsciously in his daughter`s grief, swallowed but a drop or two of wine, to avoid resisting the repeated urgency of his guest.
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It also exists an impassioning legend about it, according to which Nisida was a splendid maiden courted tiresomely by Posillipo, son of a divinity and already betrothed.
Both were punished by the divine wrath and were turned into rocks: Posillipo, because he had disobeyed the supernatural wills; Nisida, because she refused to be loved by a son of the gods.
Nisida is also the place were it had its sad epilogue the life of Portia, Cato's daughter and wife of the conspirator that the dictator less expected.
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