Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ancient Artifacts Recovered in Rome

ROME - ( Italian authorities report seizing a rare 9th century three-faced marble head of the Greek goddess Hecate from a store in Rome's historic center after it was stolen by thieves last year.

The ancient artifact was recovered in Rome by Italian Police.

The bust of Hecate, the Greek goddess linked to witchcraft and the afterlife who is usually depicted with three heads, was found in a store near Rome's Campo de' Fiori square.

It had been missing since June 2007, when thieves made off with it from a Roman house after drugging the owner's family with sedatives.

Italy has carried out a drive to trace stolen artifacts, especially those from archaeological sites.

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