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August 20, 2003

More Elgin Marbles moaning

Apparently, Greece taking possession of the Elgin Marbles in time for the forthcoming Olympics would be an important opportunity for the UK:

"This is a very important opportunity for the United Kingdom," says Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, "to make a gesture and send a very important global cultural message for the credibility of Europe as a cultural continent with a single historical conscience."

If Europe has a single historical conscience the Elgin Marbles are fine sitting just where they are, thank you. If, on the other hand, Greek nationalists want the Marbles for their own purposes then they are still fine where they are. It is with some irony this BBC article notes building construction for the Acropolis Museum is accused of destroying an ancient housing complex.

"The site is completely unique, showing 1,500 years of history, giving us a complete picture of how people lived," says George Papathanasopoulos, former director of the Acropolis Archaeological Site. "I feel terrible when I look at this and see mechanical machines destroying an ancient site. What's happening here is unbelievable."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 20, 2003 09:05 AM