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Regio VIII

Samnite Palęstra (Gymnasium)


This gymnasium is called Samnite because it was built at least in the second century B.C., or during the Samnite period. It consists of a small rectangular courtyard surrounded by a peristyle. 


The fourth side was removed due to the extension of the Temple of Isis after the earthquake of 62 A.D.. The base against a column on the southern side supported a Roman copy in marble of Doriforos (lance carrier), a famous masterpiece of the Greek sculptor Polikletos. The steps behind the base witness the young athletes' custom to climb up to the statue and place their crowns on its head. The statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.


Marina Gate | Imperial Villa

Antiquarium | Temple of Venus

Basilica | Curie

Comitium | Doric Temple

Gladiators' Barracks | Odéion

Theater | Samnite Palęstra

Temple of Isis | Temple of Zeus Melichios

Temple of Mefite

House of Cornelio Rufo | Via dell'Abbondanza

Via Marina | Via dei Teatri

Via del Tempio di Iside


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