On the Parthenon Marbles – The British Museum and the Art of Hypocrisy

Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, at the British Museum. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Marcos Houzouris)

It is time for Great Britain to give Greece her marbles back.

Two centuries ago, an Ottoman sultan gave a British aristocrat permission to take artifacts from the Acropolis, the ancient hill which has loomed over Athens since antiquity. The aristocrat, Lord Elgin, virtually dismantled the Parthenon and stripped it of nearly half its art, shipping some of history’s most precious sculptures off to a foreign land.

A friend of mine recently visited the British Museum in London, where the marbles that …

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1 Comment

  1. Sir Thomas Bruce a.k.a. Lord Elgin
    Stripped the statues from the Temple
    Now, the British who are in shambles
    Want to hold on to Phidias’ marbles!

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