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Renaissance-era book bought by Hopkins among 19 cultural treasures returned to Italy
Renaissance-era book bought by Hopkins among 19 cultural treasures returned to Italy

Nineteen stolen cultural treasures — including a 16th-century book that had been purchased at auction by the Johns Hopkins University — were returned to Italy this week by U.S. authorities. The artifacts, which were returned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, had been smuggled into the country within the past few years and were located in seven cities from New York to San Francisco, according to a news release. The seized items ranged from a 17th-century cannon to fifth-century Greek pottery to a marble lid from an ancient Roman sarcophagus. Several of the items had been looted from tombs and archaeological sites. "The cultural and symbolic worth of these...

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