Five frescoes that were stolen from a fourth century BC tomb in Paestum in southern Italy have been retrieved by police and are now on show at the Museo Storico Dell’Arma Dei Carabinieri in central Rome.

Central Rome.

Central Rome. Image by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

The frescoes, which were stolen in a clandestine dig in the 1990s, were found in May last year in a warehouse in Como that belonged to a Swiss businessman. The five frescoes depict scenes from the life of the pre-Roman Lucanian people, including one showing a young commander returning from battle in a chariot filled with the spoils of war. They are believed to be parts of one larger piece that would have decorated the tomb of a young Lucanian military commander. Read more: