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p405 Porta Caelimontana

Article on p405 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Porta Caelimontana: a gate in the Servian wall on the Caelian, probably the next south of the porta Esquilina (Cic. in Pis. 5561; cf. Liv. II.11; App. B. C. I.58). It is generally supposeda that the mediaeval Arcus Basilidis (q.v.), an arch in the rivus Herculaneus over the line of an ancient street a short distance north-west of the Lateran, replaced the old porta Caelimontana as a similar arch did the porta Capena (Gilb. II.291; LA 376; RE III.1246), but the line of the wall is uncertain here, and the gate may have been somewhat farther west and nearer SS. Quattro Coronati (Jord. I.1.225; BPW 1913, 977).


Thayer's Note:

a Other identifications have been proposed, including the Arch of Dolabella.


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