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Offline Maik

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Parthenon marbles
« on: Monday, 13 March, 2017 @ 16:16:37 »
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Greece calls for return of 'Elgin Marbles' to help fight rise of fascism in Europe
About half the sculptures from the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple – stunning works of art created by the world’s first democracy after fighting off a Persian invasion – are in the British Museum

Greece has called for the return of the so-called Elgin Marbles from the British Museum as a symbolic act in the fight against anti-democratic forces seeking “the dissolution of Europe”.

The Athens government, which decided against taking legal action against the UK last year, will instead renew diplomatic efforts with an offer to regularly loan some of the wonders of Ancient Greece to British institutions in exchange.

Greek museums hold astonishing art works created in antiquity. The arrival of art such as the ‘golden mask of Agamemnon’ or the statue of Zeus/Poseidon could be expected to cause the same kind of interest as the first arrival in the UK of the Terracotta Army from China in the 1980s.

The Marbles, taken by Lord Elgin more than 200 years ago when Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire, represent about half the sculptures that once adorned the Parthenon temple. It was built in Athens about 2,500 years ago after the world's first democracy fought off attempts by the Persian Empire to conquer the city. The sculptures are widely recognised as among the finest ever created.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/elgin-marbles-greece-calls-for-return-to-help-fight-fascism-parthenon-sculptures-a7626781.html


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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 @ 12:44:50 »
I can't see how a bunch of statues can fight off the likes of Trump and Merkel but we should definitely give the marbles back to Greece if only to stop them banging on about them all the time. 

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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 @ 09:27:22 »
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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the British Museum as a symbolic gesture against anti-democratic forces that seek “the dissolution of Europe.”

In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the prospect of cooperation with the British Museum, but flatly dismissed the report in the Independent.


http://www.ekathimerini.com/216875/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-denies-report-on-parthenon-marbles

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Re: Parthenon marbles
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 23 December, 2018 @ 14:32:00 »
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Following the discussion of a draft resolution brought to the United Nation’s General Assembly by Greece, the body adopted without a vote a resolution for the ”return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin” on December 13.

This major step is seen by many as a Greek victory in the long dispute with the United Kingdom over the issue of the Parthenon marbles which were taken by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin


https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/12/22/parthenon-marbles-returning-to-greece-un-supports-greek-resolution/