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Tomb of Caligula discovered


Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Wearer of Hats


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The lost tomb of the Roman emperor Caligula has been found at Lake Nemi, south of Rome.

Italian police reported finding the site after catching someone attempting to load part of a large statue recovered from the tomb on to the back of a lorry. Caligula was one of ancient Rome's most notorious emperors, attributed with killing for pleasure and sleeping with his own sisters he was widely considered to be completely insane.

"The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad a statue of the notorious Roman emperor recovered from the site."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by SilverOctavia on 20 January, 2011, 17:40
Ok, wait... They found a statue with the boots that Caligula favored. That's great but how does this prove it's his tomb? It doesn't. I hope it is, Caligula is one of the most fascinating historical figures ever but I'm bugged that they are already declaring it his tomb before they have proven it. I think they jumped the gun a little here....Just sayin... Also, someone above mentioned that maybe he had lead poisoning. Very likely. Even more likely though is an STD left untreated to the point of affecting the brain. I think brain encephalitis is the common theory as to why this man was so crazy... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by SilverOctavia on 20 January, 2011, 18:02
Also, Caligula was hated by the Roman public and was assassinated by his own guards. They wouldn't have dedicated an elaborate tomb for him. I've decided the chances that this tomb belongs to him are slim. And as for examining his body to find out why so insane, well, he was cremated. So, I don't think that's going to happen either....
Comment icon #14 Posted by ThePitOfReason on 21 January, 2011, 8:03
Ok, wait... They found a statue with the boots that Caligula favored. That's great but how does this prove it's his tomb? It doesn't. I hope it is, Caligula is one of the most fascinating historical figures ever but I'm bugged that they are already declaring it his tomb before they have proven it. I think they jumped the gun a little here....Just sayin... Also, someone above mentioned that maybe he had lead poisoning. Very likely. Even more likely though is an STD left untreated to the point of affecting the brain. I think brain encephalitis is the common theory as to why this man was so crazy... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Vigilanis on 21 January, 2011, 9:53
Yeah I agree with ThePitOfReason, I thought the exact same thing, they have maybe uncovered a hidden storage area for anything that reminded them of the former emperor, and yes I too would like to see further information and the results of further excavations!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Evilution13 on 21 January, 2011, 10:27
It would be sort of like digging up the grave of some ancient serial killer. Weird.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Agent. Mulder on 21 January, 2011, 17:32
Some people are finding it a little unlikely "Italian police have claimed that the lost tomb of Caligula had been discovered south of Rome by looters, who were caught while trying to smuggle a large statue out of the country. However, Mary Beard of the University of Cambridge warns that “the details are pretty murky,” and that it “is almost inconceivable that this assassinated symbol of imperial monstrosity would have been given a grand monument.” http://www.archaeology.org/news/?paged=2
Comment icon #18 Posted by CyberArchangel on 27 January, 2011, 22:44
Well done where he would supposed to sell those relics or may be some maniac researcher smuggling them all better than put it on the museum
Comment icon #19 Posted by sarah snow on 28 January, 2011, 2:26
How is it that these tomb raiders are able to find treasures more easily than archaeologists?? To even start a dig, archaeologists need to secure funding, do research, and do the government PC fanny about thing.....permits, risk assessments, secure diggers pay.....and plan trowel time at an inch of soil an hour to keep the possible finds in line with protocol...... Compared to the shonky donkey merchant. Dictated by greed, and nothing else except being a chancer with a black market just drooling to buy off their hands and spirit it away to oblivion and no more context. While unscrupulous peopl... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by calandra18 on 18 June, 2011, 22:34
Everything we read should never be considered fact: Some new articles to consider: http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2011/01/this-isnt-caligulas-tomb.html AND http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20028786-503543.html
Comment icon #21 Posted by Blues Girl on 22 June, 2011, 19:44
How is it that these tomb raiders are able to find treasures more easily than archaeologists?? Why? Because they most likely grew up in the area and no it very well, and keep the locations a secret until they are done looting it. Most archaeologists only learn of these sites because they find artifacts for sale on the black market. They are lucky if they find any intact tomb at all.


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