One of the minor Mura Aureliane (Aurelian Wall) gates, Porta Nomentana was originally constructed as a single arch entrance. The Porta was flanked by two semi-circular towers, one of which was converted to a tomb for a man by the name of Quintus Aterius. Quintus was said to have been "a man made rotten by flattery". But history had the last laugh, the gate is now incorporated into the wall of the British Embassy. His dead ears will never hear flattery again.