Parthenon Marbles

Hellenic Electronic Center (HEC) For the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon marbles at the British Museum in London. (Facundo Arrizabalaga)

“The Parthenon Sculptures are a product of theft and therefore, Greece will never recognise ownership and possession by the British Museum”
Lina Mendoni, Greek Minister of Culture

World Culture Day 2020 – the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the International Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures, opened a new chapter in the claim for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece.
An explosive of neo-Hellenism letter was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, by the Presidents of the Committees, who, in view of 2021 bicentennial, are proposing coordinated pressure on the British Museum to decide on the final and permanent return of Parthenon sculptures to their birthplace, in Athens.

See full Urgent Request for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (in Greek – στα Ελληνικά)

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet is described as “stolen Iraqi property” in a civil complaint filed Monday. Federal authorities say the tablet was illegally imported into the US and they want the rare artifact returned to Iraq.

The artifact was sold to a US craft store for $1.6 million in an auction for display in the Washington, D.C.-based Museum of the Bible. Prosecutors allege that the auction house deliberately withheld information about its origins.

The 3,500-year-old artifact bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest works of literature.

Sources: BBC, NPR

The Parthenon marbles at the British Museum in London. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

A recent opinion was published by Molly Roberts, Editorial Writer, Washington Post.

A well written article which deserves attention. The author among other well-made points, writes:

“The problem Bruce’s beneficiaries have now run into is that those one-time “barbarians” have transformed into the rightful inheritors of Hellas. Greece is today revered as the cradle of Western culture, and who better to house that culture than the Greeks? The British turn this point around and argue that it was their foresight in whisking Iris and company off to the isles that spawned neoclassicism in the first place by reintroducing a forgotten style to their taste-making citizens.”

The author also points out that

“There’s an aesthetic case for unification, somewhere, and a geographic case for reunification in Greece.
No god or goddess should be made to bear the indignity of headlessness, and no visitor should be needlessly deprived of viewing a masterpiece that’s actually in one piece.”

The modern, spacious, sunbathed Acropolis Museum with the Acropolis in the backdrop, is waiting for the return of Greece’s treasures.

The newly built Athens’s Acropolis Museum is the perfect place displaying these timeless artifacts and not the dark and gloomy presentation at BM. Simply it is the natural location, where the Museum’s open spaces let’s the visitors to simultaneously see the artifacts and view the Acropolis itself.

Let’s not forget,

Elgin, the vandal and the thief, removed and stole:
247 feet—just under half—of the total friezes(1),
15 metopes(2), 17 pediment(3),
and various pieces of architecture figures from the Parthenon.
In addition, removed and stole one of the caryatids (female sculptures)
from the nearby portico of the Erechtheion,
4 fragments from the frieze of the temple to Athena Nike,
and architectural members from the Propylaia.

The stolen artifacts that are missing from the Parthenon must be returned to their origins.

Referenced source article: Give Iris her body back, Britain – Washington Post

 

Ancient Greek Elgin Marbles are on display at the British Museum in London, removed from the Parthenon by Elgin early 1800s, which has sparked a long-running dispute between Greece and Britain. Now the Greek efforts are intensified with the upcoming Brexit.

The 27 EU countries hardened their positions and among other clauses, the Draft Brexit document is updated to demand the return of the Parthenon ancient treasures. The updated EU27 Brexit Draft also seeks: “The Parties should … address issues relating to the return or restitution of unlawfully removed cultural objects to their countries of origin.

UPDATE – This is a developing story.

According to eKathimerini and other sources, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that Greece will continue her campaign for the return of the Parthenon artifacts and will consider which avenues  would be the best for the  cause. He specifically said: “Greece’s request for the return of the Parthenon marbles remains strong and it is not linked to a Brexit deal,”

Sources: eKathimerini | CNBC | REUTERS

🇬🇧 Students from Crete visiting the British Museum, in a touching and original way, are protesting the stay of the Parthenon Sculptures in London. The students were there on an educational excursion.

🇬🇷 Μαθητές από την Κρήτη που βρέθηκαν στο Βρετανικό Μουσείο, με ένα συγκινητικό και πρωτότυπο τρόπο, διαμαρτύρονται για την παραμονή των Γλυπτών του Παρθενώνα στο Λονδίνο. Τα παιδιά βρέθηκαν εκεί σε πλαίσιο εκπαιδευτικής εκδρομής.

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