Italy Returns Ancient Statue to Libya

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti returned the head of a two thousand year old sculpture to Libyan authorities in Tripoli during his visit to the country this past Saturday, January 21. The piece depicts Domitilla Minor, the daughter of the Roman emperor Vespasian. It was smuggled from the northwestern city of Sabratha in the 1960s and was recently auctioned at Christie’s. This was the Italian leader’s first visit to Libya since the death of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Source: Archaeology News Network

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