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An early first-cen­tury AD gilded horse head, which was once part of a statue of Em­peror Au­gus­tus, has gone on pub­lic dis­play in Ger­many for the first time. Dis­cov­ered in 2009, close to mod­ern-day Frank­furt, the re­mains of the sculp­ture and other associated finds have thrown new light on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Ro­mans and German ‘bar­bar­ians’. The arte­facts in­di­cate the pres­ence of a Ro­man set­tle­ment in the re­gion at a time when his­to­ri­ans pre­vi­ously be­lieved Rome in­tended to sub­due the Ger­manic tribes with mil­i­tary force. The ev­i­dence im­plies that the Ro­mans lived next to and traded with these tribes for a num­ber of years.

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