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Fresco Stolen From Pompeii

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ROME, ITALY—A small section of a fresco depicting the goddess Artemis has been stolen from the House of Neptune in Pompeii, according to a report in ANSAmed. In the image, Artemis had been seated and shown with her brother, Apollo. “I am very saddened by news of the loss of an ancient fresco at Pompeii. Those responsible for such thoughtless vandalism, or as is more likely, outright theft, should be ashamed of themselves,” said EU Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. Police add that the fresco was stolen by expert thieves from an area of the ancient city that is off limits to the public.