BRUSSELS – A Member of the European Parliament from the ruling New Democracy government wants her colleagues to back Greece’s renewed call for the British Museum to return the Parthenon Marbles stolen 200 years ago.
Anna-Maria Assimakopoulou appealed to them during a plenary session in Strasbourgh, Greece to support her country’s demand to get back the marbles that the British said will never be sent back to their homeland.
“We have fought many battles together to defend the principles and values of the European Union, European culture and democracy… The Acropolis is a universal symbol of democracy,” she said, reported Kathimerini.
She pointed out that Greece’s demand for the reunification of the marble sculptures taken by a Scottish diplomat, Lord Elgin, with the consent of the Ottoman Empire – which didn’t own them – is “gaining new momentum in British and international public opinion.”
That was in reference to the loan of a fragment of the Parthenon frieze from the Antonino Salinas Archaeological Museum in Sicily, Italy, that Greece – which had to put up collateral in another artifact – will be a permanent return.
“I implore you dear colleagues to join us in this just battle for this prominent symbol of European culture and democracy,” she said, with no report what the response was from them.
About half the surviving 5th century BC sculptures that decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis are in the British Museum in London, which has rejected every appeal to send them back.