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Builders accidentally unearthed 2000-year-old garden of Roman Emperor Caligula

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Garden of Emperor Caligula found in Italy. Source: Getty

Italian construction workers accidentally unearthed the remains of a 2000-year-old garden. The inscriptions found indicate that it once belonged to the Roman sadistic emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula.

The Italian Ministry of Culture reported that the ruins were found during the construction of a new overpass in Piazza Pia. The travertine walls of the garden overlooked the banks of the Tiber River, which flows through Rome to the east of the Vatican, LiveScience reports.

Builders accidentally unearthed 2000-year-old garden of Roman Emperor Caligula

A lead water pipe with the following inscription was found at the site of the ruins: "C(ai) Cæsaris Aug(usti) Germanici". Researchers have found that the engraving refers to the Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula.

Builders accidentally unearthed 2000-year-old garden of Roman Emperor Caligula

According to Alessio De Cristofaro, an archaeologist at the Special Directorate for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, a government agency in Rome, the find is important because Porta Pia is in the same area as the " Horti Agrippinae" (the garden of Caligula's mother Agrippina the Elder).

In addition to the trumpet, archaeologists found slabs of Roman pottery and terracotta figures of mythological scenes that decorated the roofs.

Caligula was a tyrant and sadist who humiliated his senate. He took the throne in 37 AD. However, the reign of this ruthless leader did not last long. Already in 41, the Praetorian Guard – the officials who were supposed to protect him – killed the emperor.

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