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But at this juncture, as it is said, certain soldiers in the Cerameicus1 overheard some old men talking with one another, and abusing the tyrant because he did not guard the approaches to the wall at the Heptachalcum,2 at which point alone it was possible and easy for the enemy to get over. When this was reported to Sulla, he did not make light of it, but went thither by night, and after seeing that the place could be taken, set himself to the work.

1 The Outer Cerameicus, i.e. the suburb before the Dipylon, or Sacred Gate, through which one left the city for Eleusis.

2 An unknown feature of the wall, somewhere between the Pira[iuml ]c, or western gate, and the Dipylon, or Sacred Gate, opening to the N.W.

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