On Elgin Marbles >>
British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon
Marbles >>

Marbles Reunited >>

Internationella Parthenonkommittén >>

Unesco >>

Innehållsrik website om problematiken kring Parthenon-
frisen >>

The Elginism Blog >>
Acropolis of Athens >>
The Acropolis Museum >>
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GB | The Daily Star

Dec 05 | 2013 |


Chinese think-tank tells visiting UK PM

Afp, Beijing

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday faced demands for the return of priceless artefacts looted from Beijing in the 19th century, on the last day of his visit to China.
Cameron travelled to the southwestern city of Chengdu on the third day of what embassy officials said was the largest ever British trade mission to the country.

Read the article >>

EUROPE | Greek Reporter

Nov 24 | 2013 |

Feltrinelli Int’l Prize Awarded to Greek Professor Manolis Korres

By Sotiria Nikolouli

The Feltrinelli International Prize was awarded to Professor of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens Manolis Korres, for his contribution in the field of archeology and restorations.

Read the article >>


Nov 12 | 2013 |


Social Media and Parthenon Sculptures.

Online Community’s chance to interact with experts from around the world and have their say via Facebook and Twitter. Only few days are left before the opening of the International Colloquy: "Parthenon. An Icon of Global Citizenship". The event will be opened on Friday the 15th of November 2013 by the Premier of NSW, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP. The opening function will take place inside the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney.

"Colloquy" is the latin word for "speaking together" and the organisers of this event are trying to extend this conversation out of the limiting boundaries of a lecture hall. Using popular Social Media platforms like Facebook and Twitter we will try to include a larger number of participants on the four key workshop topics: EDUCATION, LITIGATION, ACTIVISM & ECONOMY. Participants will be able to follow the online conversation and discuss/comment in real time.

The event is hosted by the International Organising Committee – Australia – for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles Inc with the support of the American and British Committees.

More info: www.parthenonmarblesaustralia.org.au/colloquy2013

Ur arkivet | From the archive

Nov | 2013 |

Den välkände grekiske regissören Costa-Gavras' video om Parthenon från 2003.

Parthenon på Youtube >>

Send them back: The Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Athens

Debatt i Cadogan Hall, London, 11 juni 2012. (engelska)

Följ debatten på Youtube >>

AUSTRALIA | The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 08 | 2013 |

Rule changes could end Britain’s game of playing with marbles

By David Hill

After many years, the dispute between Greece and Britain over the possession of the ancient Parthenon sculptures may be moving towards resolution as a result of a recent change to UNESCO's rules dealing with stolen cultural property.

Read the article >>

CANADA | Greek Reporter

Nov 07 | 2013 |

Michaelle Jean: In Favor of the Return of Parthenon Marbles

By Evangelia Kagkelidou

Former Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean is in favor of the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Read the article >>

GREECE | Ekathimerini

Nov 04| 2013 |

Cycling the continent for a monumental cause

By Alexander Clapp

Greece’s bid to reclaim the Parthenon Marbles is about to be taken for a ride. To raise awareness for the repatriation of Greece’s most prized historical relics, Dr Luca Lo Sicco plans to bike next July from the steps of the British Museum in London to the entrance of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. "I strongly feel that there is a moral duty to return to the Marbles to Athens," writes Sicco, who is currently a professor of fashion at the University of Southampton.

Read the article >>

IRLAND | Irish Examiner

Nov 04 | 2013 |

Stolen moments in British Museum

By Marc O' Sullivan, Arts Editor

THE British are peculiar. Their desire to conquer the world has been matched only by their obsession with bringing bits of it home with them.

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Oct 30 | 2013 |

Protokoll från IARPS möte i Aten 6 oktober 2013

Till protokollet >>

GREAT BRITAIN | opendemocracy.net

Oct 25 | 2013 |

The Parthenon Marbles and British national identity

By Fiona Rose-Greenland

Today, the British Museum’s Trustees argue that the Parthenon sculptures are "integral to the Museum’s purpose as a world museum telling the story of human cultural achievement." But what does history tell us?

Read the article >>

GREAT BRITAIN | opendemocracy.net

Oct 22 | 2013 |

The Parthenon Sculptures: It's about liberty, too

By British journalist Henry Porter

The Parthenon Marbles (or 'Elgin Marbles') were sculptured in Greece in 447-438 BC, and stolen from there by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. They are kept in the British Museum. This is a speech recently given by Henry Porter, at an event calling for their return.

Read the speech >>

EU | The EU Parliament

Oct 22 | 2013 |

Return of Parthenon marbles a 'moral obligation', says MEP.

By Rodi Kratsa, Vice-President of the European Parliament 2007-2012

Protecting European cultural heritage, including the Parthenon marbles, is a 'moral obligation' and should be at the heart of the EU, writes Rodi Kratsa.

Read the article >>

GREECE | Pierre Kosmidis' Blog

Oct 21 | 2013 |

A private blog by Pierre Kosmidis that describes his diving expedition to the shipwreck of Mentor which sank outside Kythera in Greece in 1802. Mentor was on its way to England with The Parthenon Marbles...

"It all began back in 2009, with a plan to do some exploratory diving in Kythera." [...]
(both in Greek and English)

Read the report >>

GREAT BRITAIN | elginism.com

Oct 20 | 2013 |

A report from the Round Table on the Parthenon Marbles held in Brussels Oct 15 2013.

By Matthew Taylor.

Read the report >>

EU | Greek Reporter

Oct 18 | 2013 |

European Mobilization for the Repatriation of Parthenon Marbles

By By Sotiria Nikolouli

The ancient Greek marbles of Parthenon that are adorning the British Museum are of a major concern to the Greeks. The story of stolen marbles is well-known. Lord Elgin the ambassador of England during the Ottoman Empire removed about half the Parthenon sculptures from 1801 until 1812, and then sold them to the British Museum in 1816.

Read the article >>

BELGIUM | Brussels

Oct 15 | 2013 |

Join in 'mediation' with Greece over Elgin Marbles, Unesco urges Britain. The long running dispute over the Elgin Marbles should be settled by mediation, Britain is told.

By Martin Banks, Brussels

William Hague has been urged to take part in a "mediation procedure" with Greece in a fresh diplomatic bid to resolve the long-running dispute over the Elgin Marbles.

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AUSTRALIA | neoskosmos.com

Oct 4| 2013 |


Parthenon Marbles high on agenda

The Greek Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles following the meeting between David Hill, Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, and the Greek Minister of Culture and Sport, Panos Panagiotopoulos, held in Athens on 23 September.

Read the article >>

EU | Greek Reporter

Oct 3 | 2013 |

UNESCO Mediates Parthenon Marbles Fight

By Maria Korologou

On October 6 in Athens the International Conference of committees will be held, which is a very important moment for the effort to return the Parthenon Marbles.

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Nyskriven dikt av poeten, författaren och journalisten Peter Curman som också är styrelsemedlem i den Svenska Parthenonkommittén:

Drömmen om Parthenon

Aten -
tung som en sten
i våra ben.
Men också ett skimrande diadem!
Kantstött av tidens vindar
står Parthenon fortfarande kvar
som ett löfte
om den framtid vi i drömmen bar.

Peter Curman

GREECE | Greek Reporter

Sep 24| 2013 |

Cooperation for Return of Parthenon Marbles

By Maria Korologou

The return of the Parthenon Marbles was at the center of the meeting that the Minister of Culture and Sports Panos Panagiotopoulos held on Sept. 24 with the Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill.

Read the article >>

GREECE | Greek Reporter

Aug 9 | 2013 |

Critchley Says Parthenon Marbles Are Greece’s

By Maria Arkouli on August 9, 2013

Simon Critchley, a professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City, brought the house down at the 23d World Congress of Philosophy meeting in Athens when he said the Parthenon Marbles stolen from the Acropolis nearly 200 years ago and now in the British Museum should be returned to Greece.

Read the article >>

SWITZERLAND | Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles

AUGUST | 2013 |

Round Table on "The return of the Parthenon Marbles: a European concern" on Oct 15 2013 in the European Parliament, Brussels.

More information >>


AUGUST | 2013 |

Meeting of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures in Athens 5-6 Ocotber 2013


July 23 | 2013 |

Greek Minister to UNESCO

The new Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Mr Panos Panagiotopoulos, visited UNESCO and it's Director-General on July 23 2013.

"Greece wishes to express it's support for UNESCO, it's humanistic values and it's univerality", declared the Greek Minister.
Concerning The Parthenon Marbles Mr Panagiotopoulos highlighted in particular the importance of cultural heritage to the identity of peoples, not in terms of nationalistic sentiments, but as the cement of society, a vector of dialogue and the humanistic values that form the basis of all civilization. "We are citizens of the world," he declared, recalling that each population contributes to the forging of a universal culture, "this is the philosophy on which UNESCO was established".

Source: Pressrelease UNESCO

GREECE | Eleftherotypia

June 4 | 2013 |

Thousands of Greek antiquities repatreated from Germany

Germany's Pfahlbau Museum will in June return 8.000 pottery fragments illegally excavated from Thessaly during the Second World War.

Read the article >>

USA | Huffington Post-Blog

May 28 | 2013 |

The Parthenon Marbles: A Piece of History Still Orphaned

By Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Journalist and writer

Last May 18th, on the occasion of International Museum Day, a list of the top fifty museums of the world, as published by the Sunday Times, came to my attention. It was both with great joy and sadness that I saw the Acropolis Museum of Athens in third spot, right behind the Smithsonian in Washington and the British Museum in London.

Read the article >>

GREECE | Theodore Theodorou

May 24 | 2013 |

R. Adairs letter to Lord Elgin

A website dedicated to a letter from R. Adair to Lord Elgin concerning the legality of his removal of the Parthenon Marbles. (Greek and English.)

www.adairtoelgin.com >>

SVERIGE | Etnografiska museet, Stockholm

26 april | 2013 |


Fredagen 26 april 2013, kl. 17.00-21.00.

Nämnden för kulturellt utbyte mellan Sverige och Grekland anordnar "En kväll för Grekland" på ETNOGRAFISKA MUSEET i STOCKHOLM

Program >>


April | 2013 |



The Parthenon has become a symbol of global citizenship recognised all over the world. Its shape has been associated with beauty, perfection and stature. This can be seen in any building that reflects these values (court houses, banks, museums etc). What the world needs to be aware of is that an integral part of the structure and decoration of this monument (the collection of the Parthenon Marbles) was removed and has been kept away for over 200 years. Due to tireless efforts by Global citizens and an increasingly positive world public opinion the case for reunification is gaining momentum towards a commonly accepted solution. The reunification of a global icon as the Parthenon will benefit not only the Greek people but the world community who will be able to admire and study the narrative of the collection in its intended state.

Call for papers (pdf) >>

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USA | Indianapolis

February | 2013 |

Plaster replicas of Parthenon frieze find second life at Herron

INDIANAPOLIS -- Plaster replicas of the running frieze created to adorn the most iconic symbol of classical antiquity are once again teaching tools and objets d’art for certain students and professors at Herron School of Art and Design, part of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.


GREECE | Hellenic Resources Network

February 21 | 2013 |

Culture minister on Parthenon Marbles issue

AMNA -- Greece and the United Kingdom have a different approach on the issue of the Parthenon Marbles, alternate Education Minister responsible for cultural affairs Costas Tzavaras said on Thursday in reply to statements by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Read the article >>

EUROPE | New Europe

February 19 | 2013 |

New legislation to facilitate recovery of illegally removed national treasures

Article by Elena Ralli

The European Commission is planning to help Member States recover national treasures which have been unlawfully removed from their territory by amending its current legislation that has several inadequacies. Consequently, the European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani proposed today to strengthen the possibility for restitution available to Member States.

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SWEDEN | Svenska Parthenonkommittén and Dr Elena Korka

28 January | 2013 |


Presentation by Dr Elena Korka, archaeologist, Director in the Ministry of Education, Religion, Culture and Sports, Athens, Greece.

Dr E. Korka in her lecture at the annual meeting of the Swedish Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles presented new evidence concerning the history of the removal of the Parthenon Marbles from the Acropolis of Athens in the early 19th century by Lord Elgin.
She presented three letters, two by Lord Elgin and one by Sir Robert Adair dated 1811. "These letters are very revealing in regard to the legality of Elgin’s collection. One can say that they are missing links to a picture, of which we had only a few pieces in the puzzle. They are pieces of the Elgin Myth concerning the Parthenon Marbles and Elgin created it.", as Mrs Korka stated.

Sir Robert Adair was one of the successors of Lord Elgin at the British embassy in Constantinople. He became involved in the Elgin issue, because part of the antiquities Elgin had gathered from Athens and elsewhere had for years been "trapped" at the Piraeus, as the Turks would not allow their embarkation.
The reason for this was that the Turks had told Ambassador Robert Adair in 1808, when he tried to help Elgin to get his collection away from Athens that Elgin had no right to take the Parthenon Marbles and that there was no legality in the acquisition and removal of the Marbles from Athens. However, Adair finally managed the embarkation of the antiquities in 1810 with the help of extraordinarily huge bribes directed to the Turks, which Elgin had provided him with.
However, some years afterwards due to bankruptcy, Elgin was urgently pressing the government to buy his collection. In order to do so he had to prove that his collection was totally private and that he had not profited from his position as ambassador in Constantinople. He needed to have a letter from Adair specifically mentioning that the Turks told him that there was never any official authorization for the removal of the sculptures.
When Adair clearly writes this in his letter to Elgin, the latter asks Adair to send a new letter, whereby he would alter the meaning of what the Ottoman officials had said and write instead that the Turks in Constantinople denied that the Turks in Athens had any right to give or sell the Marbles to Elgin.
Elgin’s purpose was to alter the balance of weight in what the Turks had said. He wished to move the focus from the fact that the Porte stated that he had no legal right on the Marbles, to the possibility of the Turks in Athens, operating on their own profit, to give the Marbles to him.
In this way, Elgin puts the blame on someone else, who supposedly took advantage of Elgin and who as an individual had fallen victim of circumstance. Dr Korka has found the full sequence of letters with the full evidence of the tampering of the truth between Elgin and Adair.
The important evidence from these previously unknown letters is that there was apparently no legality whatsoever in Elgin’s acquisition of the Marbles and that he knew it well.
Subsequently, he took action to construct a fictional story on behalf of his own benefit. In consequence, there is no legality in keeping the Parthenon Marbles today in London.

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