Letter From Athens: Why Doesn’t Greece Want Back Aphrodite, Winged Victory Statues?

(Photo: Greek Police via Eurokinissi)

The greatest treasure in the Louvre in Paris isn’t the Mona Lisa, which looks like a postage stamp from behind the cordons where you’ll stand with throngs of people gushing and ooing over Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece.

The real prizes are Greek statues: Aphrodite, bastardized into Venus de Milo, spirited off the island of Milos, where it was found by a Greek farmer in 1820 inside a buried niche of ancient city ruins, with French officials buying it from the occupying …

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