A marble head of the Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus, stolen in Italy in the 1970s, has been returned to Italy by a museum in Belgium. Sharon Reich reports.
A warm welcome home for a marble sculpture of the head of Rome's first emperor some 40 years after it was stolen. The sculpture of Augustus is one of the earliest known depictions of the leader, born more than 2,000 years ago. It's the latest artifact from Italy's ancient sites to be repatriated after being illegally smuggled abroad. Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro says the sculpture's return is a celebration of culture and humanity. The veiled head was on display at a museum in Brussels that purchased it in good faith from a private collection. Once determined to be stolen from Nepi near Rome, the museum returned it to Italy.