The Heracles Gate narrowed the access to the
street, preventing the passage of vehicles.We
can understand that from the Fourth Century, the
street had become a pedestrian area.
In these reliefs Heracles was depicting with the
skin of the Nemean lion in myhtology. The Nemean
lion had been terrorizing the area around Nemea,
and had a skin so thick that it was impossible
to kill it. Finally he wrestled the lion to the
ground, eventually killing it by thrusting his
arm down its throat and choking it to death.
Heracles was the god of power and strenght.