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The Quadriporticus is a monumental structure that has for a long time been identified with the gymnasia of the Hellenistic world. It consists of a large, rectangular open area surrounded by a continuous four-sided colonnade. Behind this colonnade are a series of square rooms, except on the eastern side where the shapes of these rooms provide a record of the negotiation of the boundaries with the properties to the east. These properties are the subject of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.

The Quadriporticus is located in the south of the ancient city of Pompeii, fitted between the Triangular forum, the large theater and covered theater (Teatrum Tectum), the city's southern fortification wall and the Porta Stabia. The research context of our study is broader still. Indeed, the Quadriporticus is the only unexamined area across a more than 250 meter transect of the city, from Insula VIII, 2 in the west and Insual I, 5 in the east.

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