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2010-03-26 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of antiquities from North America that are linked to the site of Morgantina on Sicily. Since the fall of 2006, over 120 antiquities have been returned to Italy from North American collections. They have included high profile pieces such as the "Sarpedon krater" from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the more humble, though archaeologically significant, pieces such as an Etruscan...

2006-02-21 11:32:37

ROME (Reuters) - Italy signed a deal over disputed artworks with New York's Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, ending decades of controversy and paving the way for the return to Italy of antiquities Rome says were plundered. Under the agreement, the Met pledged to return several art works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase and a set of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces to Italy in exchange for long-term loans of equivalent beauty and importance. Tomb raiders have looted antiquities in...

2006-02-20 14:07:25

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will sign a deal over disputed art works with New York's Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, ending decades of controversy and paving the way for the return to Italy of antiquities Rome says were plundered. Culture Ministry officials and Met director Philippe de Montebello held talks in Rome on Monday to finalize the deal, a ministry spokesman said. "The agreement is there. We are just putting the final touches on it," he said. The Met said earlier this month it...

2006-02-03 14:48:20

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Italy several works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, following decades of controversy over what Italy says are plundered antiquities. On Thursday, the New York museum formally presented to the Italian Culture Ministry in Rome a draft of an agreement transferring legal title to six antiquities from the museum's collections. The pieces include a group of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces and will be...

2005-12-23 12:56:08

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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