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    Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, has a dream - the Summer Olympics in the Italian capital in 2020. To that end, he has opened an energetic campaign to raise Rome's global profile, using one of the city's most powerful assets: its past. Mr. Alemanno's two-year project to dispatch some of the greatest sculptures of Roman antiquity to cities in the United States opened Wednesday when the Capitoline Venus went on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

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