Caligula Artifact Found to Be a Coffee Table in New York Apartment

Caligula Artifact Found to Be a Coffee Table in New York Apartment

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ROME, Italy — The Roman Emperor Caligula is renowned for his sadistic, debauched rule of ancient Rome that lead to his assassination after just four years in power.

Now Italian and American authorities are wondering how a piece of his decadent lifestyle — an elaborate inlaid marble mosaic from one of his ceremonial ships — wound up as a coffee table on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

To antiques dealer Helen Fioratti it’s quite simple: She and her husband Nereo, an Italian journalist, bought the antiquity more than 45 years ago from an Italian aristocratic family, who lived on the shores of Lake Nemi.




Image: A piece of Caligula's ship

A piece of Caligula’s ship, on display at the Consulate General of Italy in Manhattan. The ancient marble mosaic was ceremonially returned to the Italian government in New York.