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Friday, 21 February 2014

Parthenon Marbles

First of all it has never been the case that Phidias who created the Parthenon Marbles wanted them to be renamed. He also never thought they would be lifted and moved to Britain.

It is a great shame that the curators of the British museum insist on not returning the marbles to a country that has given so much to western civilisation. Their argument is affected by the last drops of imperialist ethos left in a small proportion of the great British population.

There have been many campaigns to get the marbles returned from where they were stolen. Some have used the argument that what has been done to them is the same as what the nazis did with art treasurers when they occupied the major part of Europe. I don't agree with that over emotional analogy. What I have been suggesting for many years is that the British museum should reach an agreement with the museum of Athens where the marbles are leased back to the British museum for a period of 50 to 60 years. In other words what most progressive Greeks would like to see is an acknowledgement of ownership. This is 2014 and the days of imperialism are over so lets get this sorted. And I think the British Trades Union movement can have a role with hits project!

Return the Parthenon marbles or at least acknowledge their righful owners..

Nick Venedi

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