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 p410  Porta Nomentana

Article on p410 of

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

Porta Nomentana: a gate in the Aurelian wall from which the Via Nomentana (q.v.) issued (DMH) 75 metres to the south-east of the modern Porta Pia, which was erected by Pius IV in 1564. It retained its ancient name until the thirteenth century (T in loc.); it occurs under the form of Numantia in Magister Gregorius (JRS 191, 19, 46). It had two semi-circular towers, the left-hand one of which, in brickwork attributable to Aurelian, stands on a square brick tomb, while the right-hand one, removed in 1827, stood upon the tomb of one Q. Haterius (CIL VI.1426; see Sepulcrum Q. Haterii). The analogy of the porta Salaria suggests that the curtain had three large windows over a single arch; and it is the only example of one of Aurelian's original gates which has not been re-faced. Immediately to the south-east there is a small postern (LF 3; Jord. I.1.355; T III.8; PBS III.38; X.20; Discovery vi. (1925), 293‑295; BC 1927, 55, 56).

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