02 febrero 2007

Roma - Roman treasure discovered

The lost treasures of Emperor Maxentius have been found on the Palatine Hill in Rome 1,700 years after they were hidden.

Archaeologists in Rome have discovered the lost treasure of the last pre-Christian Roman emperor, Maxentius.

Imperial standards, lances and glass spheres were found buried on the Palatine Hill.

Archaeologists believe that the emperor hid his treasure before his battle with Constantine in AD312 at Milvian Bridge.

However, with his death, the deaths of his closest aides, the location of the treasure remained a mystery until now.

These latest findings follow on from the recent discovery by archaeologists of a grotto on the Palatine Hill thought to be the cave revered by ancient Romans as the place the city's founders, Romulus and Remus, were suckled by a wolf.

Many of the ancient temples and palaces on the hill have been under-explored and, with many of the ancient relics crumbling, parts of the hill are closed off to the public as efforts are taken to preserve them.

Other artefacts found under a shrine near to the Palatine Hill are believed to have been hidden there by surviving supporters of Maxentius in order to preserve his memory following his death.

Fuente: http://uktv.co.uk/

Fotografía: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/

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