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July 02, 2006


Joe Geranio


Rome, May 10 - A marble head
of the Emperor Augustus has been found at a large and well-appointed
Roman villa just discovered outside the capital. The head,
practically a bas-relief, shows the emperor in profile in his middle
years. It will shortly be taken to the newly refurbished Roman
Antiquities Museum at Palazzo Massimo near Termini Station to be
shown to the public. Also travelling from the dig site - north of
Rome, not far from Hadrian's great villa - will be some 100 gold and
silver coins. The head was found at the bottom of a well at the
villa, a large (2,500 square-metre) property built between the second
century BC and the first century AD. "We don't know who the villa
belonged to," said dig leader Stefano Musco. "This is an area dotted
with villas, because of its proximity to the administrative and
cultural hub that was Hadrian's court". The villa also
boasts "particularly fine" mosaic floors with characteristic
geometrical designs, Musco said. Other finds were thermal baths, a
warehouse and two entrance halls or atria. Augustus (63 BC-14 AD),
the adopted son of Julius Caesar, was Rom├ęs first emperor.(ANSAmed).
10/05/2006 15:03

From the News 5/9/06

Joe Geranio

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