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Title: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: Joe S2 on September 29, 2019, 03:22:09 pm
Interesting article with a good picture of the ring. 


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7517613/2-000-year-old-sapphire-ring-belonged-Roman-Emperor-goes-sale-500-000.html


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: GRWilson on September 29, 2019, 05:14:18 pm
Great article. I wonder what the odds are that it was Caligula's ring? It certainly would be great to know if it was. It would be amazing it survived all the centuries. Too bad it can't be carbon dated.


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: PMah on September 29, 2019, 09:49:33 pm
Quite the rock.  Carved from a single stone.  Art historians are referenced on other sites opining that the style is not right for the Julio-Claudian period.   
   The 18th Century collectior's attribution to Caligula is nearly a guarantee of inaccuracy!


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: Roma_Orbis on September 30, 2019, 04:47:06 am
That's a fantasy piece with artificial buzz around it:
- style is completely off for the period,
- plain rings made of stone were not very fashioned in Roman times,
- carved sapphire is extremely unusual

Jérôme


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: Joss on November 25, 2019, 04:47:44 pm
"Caligula's ring", yeah sure.  ::)


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: Dominic T on November 25, 2019, 07:08:54 pm
I did some serious research and it is confirmed that the famous ring was given to Gaius by his best friend and consul Incitatus during a party.
DT


Title: Re: Caligula's Ring up for sale?
Post by: Robert_Brenchley on November 26, 2019, 02:42:31 pm
Incitatus was, of course, known for his exquisite taste, and the workmanship on the ring amply bears that out.