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p409 Porta Lavernalis

Article on p409 of

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


Porta Lavernalis: a gate in the Servian wall, named from a neighbouring altar and grove of Laverna (Varro, LL V.63; Fest. 117; CIL I2446;1 Rosch. II.1917‑1918). It is mentioned by Varro after the Naevia and Raudusculana, and is therefore generally supposed to have been west of these two on the Aventine, where an ancient road, corresponding to the present Via del Priorato, passed through the wall (Jord. I.1.234; HJ 168; Merlin 119‑121). According to a scholiast (Ps. Acro ad Hor. Ep. I.16.60: Laverna viae Salariae lucum habet): and this has been used to support a theory that this gate was in the northern part of the city and not on the Aventine at all (BPW 1913, 980‑1). See also WR 236; RE XII.998, 999.


The Authors' Note:

1ib. XI.6708.


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