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Thrill of Roman orgy boat and ‘new’ ancient pyramid

April 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

History is a big tourism draw and two extraordinary relics, evoking wild and bloodthirsty empires of the past, may soon bring tourists running.

One of the relics is currently being unearthed – the other hasn’t been found but the scent is strong and the search is on.

Researchers are hunting for Roman Emperor Caligula’s 2000-year-old luxury boat, believed to be at the bottom of Lake Nemi, south of Rome. Caligula, one of Rome’s most debauched and crazed emperors, linked to numerous intrigues and murders, is believed to have used the 130-metre vessel for extravagant orgies.

Egyptian pyramids

The other find – drier in every sense – consists of the remains of a long-lost Egyptian pyramid built about 3700 years ago.

Hunters on the trail of Caligula’s boat are using sonar to sweep the lake and ground-penetrating sound-wave scanners to detect objects buried up to three metres.

Caligula’s four-year reign was marked by excesses of waste, depravity and carnage unrivalled even by Nero, his nephew. Caligula had himself decreed a tangible, living god. He had the heads removed from statues of gods and replaced with his own. He insisted that senators worship him and he planned to appoint a horse as consul.

In 41 AD, at the age of 28, he became the first Roman emperor to be assassinated.

Caligula spent vast sums on boats, which were described by Roman historian Suetonius as having, “10 banks of oars… the poops of which blazed with jewels… filled with ample baths, galleries, and saloons, and supplied with a great variety of vines and fruit trees.”

The part of the lake now being searched is considered highly likely to be the resting place of the greatest boat, described as the world’s first luxury cruise ship.

Emperor Caligula – four years of debauched madness

MEANWHILE, the Egyptian desert sands south of Cairo have disclosed a new ancient pyramid. An interior corridor and a block engraved with 10 hieroglyphic lines are among the finds at the Dahshur royal necropolis, the BBC reports.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry says excavation work is continuing to reveal more and establish the size of the pyramid, believed to have been built during the 13th pharaonic dynasty.

Dahshur is where King Sneferu of the 4th Dynasty built ancient Egypt’s first true smooth-sided pyramid, the 104-metre-high Red Pyramid.

Sneferu was also big on boats. His ancient cedar wood ship Praise of the Two Lands was the first ship ever recorded as having a name.

Sneferu’s son Khufu built the most famous pyramid, the Great Pyramid at Giza, 138 metres high and a wonder of the ancient world.

Written by Peter Needham

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