In the 2nd century CE, Emperor Hadrian built a grand theater in Neapolis that could seat up to 7,000 people. 100 CE, came into contact with Platonism, but not with Christians there.
Coins found in Nablus dating to this period depict Roman military emblems and gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon such as Zeus, Artemis, Serapis, and Asklepios. The city flourished until the civil war between Septimius Severus and Pescennius Niger in 198-9 CE.
In a March 1998 interview with Q, Kerr would comment that «Néapolis wasn't created as some kind of spiritual successor [to New Gold Dream], but I suppose that in getting back together with the people we work best with, some kind of thematic similarity was inevitable.» Néapolis was released by Chrysalis Records in the UK, but charted poorly and received mixed reviews. In early 1998, Gaynor was reinstated as a full-time member in time for live dates.
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While the reinstated Forbes played all of the bass tracks, drums were handled either by session players Michael Niggs and Jim Mc Dermott or replaced by programmed loops provided by Hamilton Lee of Transglobal Underground. The album produced two singles "Glitterball" and "War Babies,", the former featuring a video which was the first production of any kind to film at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
In early 1997, the band brought in their former drummer Mel Gaynor for a studio session, resulting in him playing the drums on one track "War Babies". Videos for both singles were included on enhanced CD singles released for both tracks.
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