A rather heartbreaking (and brief) story about the abandonment of curatorial responsibility in the Museo Nazionale in Rome, where the Epaphroditus inscription has been left to ruin in a pile in the rain, while an inferior craplica is hung on the wall indoors. Brilliant. This isn’t the first time such shenanigans have taken place in Italy, home to so many of the West’s treasures. I wish this was the first story like this from Italy, but it is isn’t. I know there was a story in the past few months about mildew eating away the collection of some museum in Florence or Milan or some other Italian city that I can’t find right this minute. All I could find was this news piece from 2005 that gets to the same point. And yes, that is my new word: craplica.