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Untold Story Of Caligvla Specter At Ex Deo Show In Rome

Ex Deo played its triumphant first gig in Rome on Saturday March 23, 2013 at the Traffic Club. Though denied by the band, members of the audience could not help but notice the looming spector of the deceased blood tyrant Caligvla from behind singer Maurizio Iacono during the performance of "I, Caligvla."

For weeks leading up to the performance, elder residents of Rome feared the much anticipated "All Roads Lead to Rome" Paganfest Tour end destination would disturb the spirit world. Many conducted rituals to ward off bad spirits. Many of the fans who witnessed the show initially laughed at the elders, but were shocked at what happened.

Fan Marco Rusconi (who spoke no English) described the experience: "Maurizio ha alzato le braccia durante "I, Caligvla" e in quel momento l'ho visto... era come se ci fosse un serpente dietro le sue spalle. Temevo che portare il gruppo a Roma avrebbe fatto infuriare gli spiriti... ora non ci daranno più pace!"

In an odd twist, the site of the Traffic Club is believed to be at or very near the place where Caligvula was stabbed 30 times by conspirators led by a man named Cassius on January 24, 41.

The band was unavailable for comment, but in an email from a publicist, "the band never had any intention of disturbing the citizens of Rome, to whom they feel a kinship."

Rusconi snapped the following picture, which he claims depicts the apparition of the fallen emperor rising from behind Iacono.

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