Usually the foundation of Naples by Greek colonies is dated back to the VIII – IX century b. Ch.
Naples was peopled by autochnonous peoples who preserved the grave of” Sirena Partenope “( giving the name to the town ).
This is the sign for the presence of female cult all along the coast, from Coma–Miseno till Sorrento .
The legend says that Sirens lived in Galli ( little islands near Positano beach )
In the burial place of Sirena the new town – Neapolis – was erected.
After centuries, the Partenope grave was moved to Caponapoli hill, which became the place of the mythical founders –
Partenope was procreated by river God Acheloo and her mother Persenofe: primaries elements –sky – earth – water – subsoil – were mixed in Her.
The grave place of Sirena is unknown ( being a myth ).
In the V century, after Neapolis rising, tradition says that the grave was to be in Caponapoli .
According to another tradition, the grave is today in S. Giovanni Maggiore church ( where on a IX –X century tombstone a protection invoke to Sirena Partenope can be read ) – Someone else thinks, the grave is on the temple basement of Dioscuri ( where S. Paolo Basilica on S. Gaetano square is located).
The metamorphosis myth of Sirena into the landscape gives a link to the formerly elements.
Such a myth tells about the Sirena lying on the Gulf, where she can be observed through the panorama admired from Caponapoli to Posillipo promontory.
Myth born from Greek ideals of nature worship, driving to the respect of the landscape, such an element being a particular sign of Naples, not a monument or archeological site, not a particular historic tool handmade by man, but the landscape of the Gulf.
Just this Greek descent, influenced in a positive or negative way the style of Neapolitan characters which even today keep existing – cleverness, respect, passion for knowledge , for living in open air, for conversation, for meeting each others, understanding the town as an urban territory,
distinguishing the countryard as a place of boorish peasants.
One more myth in the Flegrean area is the Cuma Sibyl, who arrived from Crete, where she was Amaltea, the mythic goat feeding Zeus, as a nursing mother pre existing King of Gods.