Science: Salvaging Caligula

Nineteen centuries of foundered orgy looked up at the hydroairplane which last week waltzed high over Lake Nemi in the Alban hills back of Rome. And Giuseppe Cultrera, Etruscan scholar in the plane,* looked down from the vantage of his flying height through Nemi's waters and could see what none but groping divers theretofore had seen—the sunken Golden Barge whereon epileptic Emperor Caligula†, great-grandson of Augustus, and his minions held their carouses.

Two vessels lie on Lake Nemi's bottom. Centuries of slime cover them, and rocks that have...

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