Pluto’s Gate to the Underworld Discovered

In southwest Turkey, Italian archaeologists have found what they believe to be Pluto’s Gate, a portal to the underworld in Graeco-Roman mythology and religion.

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Digital Reconstruction of the Plutonium

The site lies in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis. The Italian team led by archaeologist Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento, “found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring,” says D’Andria. Discovery News’s Rossella Lorenzi writes that the team found “a vast array of abandoned broken ruins, possibly the result of earthquakes,” and many more ruins following excavation, including Ionic semi columns and “an inscription with a dedication to the deities of the underworld — Pluto and Kore.” Read more here.

I wonder if this was the passageway that led Orpheus down to the underworld in Ovid’s Metamorphosis to recover his bride, Eurydice. It definitely seems plausible for the location through which Aeneas passed to enter the underworld, since the Trojans themselves come from Turkey. However, I’m not sure. I wonder if there were multiple “passageways” known by the Greeks and Romans for passing into the underworld?

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