university of naples
coeducational state university at Naples founded in 1224 as a studium generale by the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II to offset the dominant influence of the university at Bologna. Although universities were generally chartered after students had chosen to study in a particular place, Frederick decreed the existence of the university before any students or teachers had gathered there and then forbade his subjects to attend any other institution of higher learning. Thomas Aquinas lectured at Naples during the 13th century.
Learn more about Naples, University of with a free trial on Britannica.com.