Italian police have unearthed the hidden cache of a group of grave
robbers, recovering ancient Roman marble reliefs depicting stunningly
lifelike gladiators locked in mortal combat.
The 12 panels were found buried in the garden of a private home
near Fiano Romano, 25 miles north of the capital, and officials hailed
the recovery as a major archaeological find and a blow to the illegal
The relief dates back to the late 1st century B.C. and is
believed to have decorated a tomb, yet to be located, in the nearby
Roman settlement of Lucus Feroniae, said Anna Maria Moretti, the
superintendent for antiquities in the area north of Rome.
--Daily Mail via Cronaca
This is a fantastic find. The artistry, especially the detailing in the musculature and the gear, is outstanding.