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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Herod Atticus Gate at Marathon

The monumental gate or arch of Herod Atticus at Marathon was similar in size and in shape to Hadrian’s arch. All that remains of the Herod Atticus gate is ruins. Three epigraphs were found among these ruins. Two of the inscriptions lay claim to the land belonging to Herod and Rigilla, while the third inscription refers to what is now the town of Marathon, giving it Rigilla’s name. It seems in the light of recent research that the ancient town of Marathon lay above Vrana on the plateau that is now called Stamata. Consequently the Tomb lies in a location that has nothing to do with the actual battle of Marathon which must have taken place in the Straits of Avlona.