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December 13, 2006

The grandeur that was Greece...

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Above, a fourth-century B.C. gold Greek funerary wreath, believed to have been created by the master who forged the royal wreath of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.

The wreath, decorated with sprays of gold leaves and flowers inlaid with colored glass paste, was designed as a burial gift, probably shortly after the death of the Macedonian warrior-king Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.

The masterpiece was unearthed in the early 1990s and made its way via a labyrinthine path to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, which this past Monday (December 11, 2006) agreed to return it to Greece, which has maintained the work was illegally excavated in the province of Macedonia and then removed from the country.

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