Italy celebrates the return of stolen artefacts

After a catastrophic week for its prized art collections, Italy is celebrating the recovery of five frescoed stone slabs stolen from the ancient city of Paestum, which went on display in Rome on Thursday (26 November).

Dating from around 300 BC, the frescoes were removed from ancient tombs in Paestum near Naples during an illegal dig in the 1990s. Paestum was originally founded by the ancient Greeks and boasts hundreds of ancient tomb sites.The frescoes depict a noble lady and her slave girls, a warrior on horseback and a young armed man walking with a donkey. According to Paestum site director, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, they offer a valuable insight into aristocratic life in the 4th century BC. Continue reading