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Herculaneum Gate

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Map of Pompeii

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Description

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The gateway is built in a mixture of opus listatum with brick and tufa and opus incertum with lava stone.

The view above is of the gateway looking north out of the city, while the view below is taken from the Via dei Sepolcri looking towards the city.
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This gate is situated in the north west corner of the city walls on the Via Consolare. It consists of 3 passageways, the central one intended for vehicles while the two flanking archways catered for pedestrians.
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The gate dates to the years when Pompeii was transformed into a colony by Sulla, when the walls and gates no longer served any defensive purpose.
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Adjacent to the gate can be seen the ancient agger, the rampart which acted as a buttress to the wall and also allowed the defenders to reach the top of the fortifications.

On the inside of the rampart the remains of Greek walls from the 5th century BC have been found.




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