A missing mosaic from Caligula’s ship served as a coffee table in NYC home for 45 years

It was recently revealed that a large piece of marble mosaic that was part of a pleasure barge built for Caligula, a 1st century AD Roman emperor famous for his cruelties, has served as a coffee table in the Park Avenue home of a New York City antiques dealer. “It was our favorite piece and we had it for 45 years,” Helen Fioratti said. The Italian government, though, had other ideas. The multi-colored mosaic was removed from the Fioratti home and is now back in Italy. It was once proudly displayed in an art…

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