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'Elgin' Marble loaned to Russia
« on: Friday, 05 December, 2014 @ 06:29:30 »
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The British Museum has loaned one of the Elgin Marbles statues to Russia.

A headless depiction of the river god Ilissos will go on display in St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum until mid-January.

It is one of a number of relics acquired by Lord Elgin in Athens in the early 19th Century now known collectively as the Elgin Marbles.

Ownership of the artefacts, once part of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple, is disputed by Greece.

It maintains that Lord Elgin removed them illegally while the country was under Turkish occupation as part of the Ottoman Empire.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30340704

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Re: 'Elgin' Marble loaned to Russia
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 05 December, 2014 @ 17:46:25 »
Would make an excellent bargaining chip to get the sanctions removed!  Don't tell Putin!  :unsure:

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Re: 'Elgin' Marble loaned to Russia
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 05 December, 2014 @ 19:39:22 »
They would probably fare better sending the marbles to Cash Converters, maybe they have!

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Re: 'Elgin' Marble loaned to Russia
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 06 December, 2014 @ 13:13:54 »
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The Greek prime minister has said the British Museum's decision to loan one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia is "an affront" to the Greek people.
Antonis Samaras added: "We Greeks are one with our history and civilisation, which cannot be broken up, loaned out, or conceded."
He said Britain's view that the marbles could not be moved was now invalid.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30349730

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