First, have a brief look at all the menu items. Then, the "site map" should be helpful. If you want to start looking through things to read, go to "other articles", the "index" or the Portal Index, a grouping into rough subject areas such as "music" and "literature." Most entries have at least one internal link that will take you to additional, relevant items as you read. If you want to read a straight, chronological history of Naples, open "articles" and look at the top section, marked "chronological history". There is a separate "graphics" page with larger photos -- see menu bar, above.)
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(update: September 2020) About me: I grew up in Los Angeles, California, but have lived and worked in Naples for about 45 years. Most of the time I've taught English as a Second Language to Italian students at the Orientale University as well as to military personnel from many nations stationed at the NATO base in Bagnoli. I was also involved for many years with the continuing education program for the University of Maryland University College in Naples, where I taught English composition, literature and linguistics to US military personnel. I also taught Music History of Naples for the ElderHostel program in Sorrento. I have an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii but have also attended the U. of Heidelberg, Germany (I have no dueling scar) and the Music Conservatory in Graz, Austria. At various times in my life, I have been a mailman, a taxi driver, a trombone player and an oil refinery roustabout. I seem to have a short attention span, which is why I write about so many different things in this encyclopedia. I have grown to love history, but astronomy is pretty nice, too, as is juggling. I once rode a bicycle across the US. (I think I also wrote a sentence one time that did NOT start with 'I'.) I am intensely concerned about whether or not quantum entanglement violates the Theory of Relativity. If you know, please tell me. The last book I read was a German translation of an Agatha Christie novel. You may read about that experience here.