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Church of S. Ercolano

Near the modern cemetery of present-day Ostia Antica is the small Church of Saint Herculanus. It seems to have been built in the fifth century (opus vittatum in the lower part of the building). We know of the martyrdom of a Herculanus in Portus, in the third century. The reports say that he was buried in Portus, but it is still possible that the church was dedicated to this martyr. The majority of the Christian inscriptions of Ostia was found near this church.

In front of the church Dante Vaglieri was buried. He was one of Ostia's most significant excavators, active in the early twentieth century.



The church and the modern cemetery in 1926. From De Nisi 1982, fig. on p. 39.




Photo: Maria Rita Bertoncini.




Photo: Maria Rita Bertoncini.




Photo: Maria Rita Bertoncini.




Photo: Maria Rita Bertoncini.

[jthb - 14-Jun-2017]