Saturday, 3 November 2018

Greek police arrest antiquities looter

The Ionic-style capital is dated to either the Classical or Hellenistic age, anywhere from the 5th to the 2nd centuries BC.
A 51-year-old man was arrested in central Monastiraki Square in Athens for the illegal possession of a column capital. The recovered part of the Ionic column contains the volute — the spiral-shaped ornament characteristic of the Ionic and later styles — and the abacus — the weight-bearing flat slab at the top of the column.