(AGI) Tripoli – In his first visit outside of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti brought back to Tripoli an ancient roman sculpture, the so-called “Domitilla’s head”, in a bid to show that relations with Libya have now changed.
Domitilla was Emperor Vespasian’s daughter. The sculpture dates back from the first century b.C and it was stolen in Sabrata in 1990. “Domitilla’s head” was taken away from the body of the statue and ended up in an auction at Christie’s in London. It was then bought by an art collector from Rome, to be eventually found by the Cultural Heritage Division of the Italian Carabinieri.