Ancient bust of Caesar found in river

May 15, 2008 at 12:36 AM
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PARIS, May 15 (UPI) -- French officials say the oldest known bust of Julius Caesar has been found in the Rhone River in Arles, France.

Archaeologist Luc Long said the marble bust was sculpted when Caesar was still living and probably thrown into the river after the ruler's assassination in 44 B.C., ANSA reported Wednesday.

"It wouldn't have been a good idea to show you were his supporter right then,'' Long said.

The bust, which showed Caesar as wrinkled and bald, was probably sculpted two years before his death, the French culture ministry said.

Arles was Caesar's base for his campaign against Pompey, ANSA said.

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