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A capital caper

September 7, 2009
Parts of the Parthenon were not pinched, but it does have colossal capitals. Apologies for the alliteration. Photo by Erinn Unger.

Parts of the Parthenon were not pinched, but it does have colossal capitals. Apologies for the alliteration. Photo by Erinn Unger.

A thief made off with a capital from the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, according to the AP.

The capital, which was part of a 6th century Byzantine church on the site, was discovered to be missing right before midnight on Saturday, the ministry of culture says. Authorities don’t know how someone could have managed to leave the site with a large chunk of column without being detected.

The local head of antiquities has been suspended without pay pending an investigation into the pilfering of the portion of the pillar.

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