Ancient Busts Unearthed

Busts of five male heads, dating from the second or third century AD and recently excavated from the Roman Villa of Gianola, are going on display at the archaeological museum in Formia.

The carefully carved hair curls around the sculpted face and deep-set eyes of one suggests the future emperor Marcus Aurelius or possibly his son Commodus, analysts say. Other faces seem equally contemporary to what has been described as one of the most ambitious Roman houses of the era to be found overlooking the Gulf of Gaeta.

The busts were discovered during excavations in the area of the Villa of Gianola, about 60 miles south of Rome.

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