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USA | Forbes

December 23| 2014 |

The British Museum Should Return The Parthenon Marbles To Greece

Guest post written by Leila Amineddoleh

Ms. Amineddoleh, partner at Galluzzo & Amineddoleh, is executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

On December 5, the British Museum announced that it would loan a piece of the Elgin Marbles to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to memorialize its 250thbirthday. Although intended as a kind gesture to Russia, it was also a stinging insult to Greece—the country has been requesting the return of the Elgin Marbles for decades.

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GREAT BRITAIN | British Museum Blog

December 05| 2014 |

Chefen för British Museum, Neil MacGregor, bloggar om museets beslut att låna ut Parthenonskulpturen "Ilissos" till Hermitaget i St Petersburg.

BM Blog med kommentarer >>

Följ också Ilissos-debatten på Marbles Reunited >>


December 05 | 2014 |


The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures today criticized the British Museum’s decision to send a major sculpture from the Parthenon as a loan to Russia.

The Chairman of the International Association said the loan was an offence not only to the Greek people but to the entire international community.

In July 2013 UNESCO invited Britain to agree to mediation of the long running Greek claim for the sculptures that were taken by Lord Elgin from 1801 to be returned to Athens. Mr. Hill said that it has been almost 18 months since Britain was asked but they have not even given UNESCO the courtesy of a reply.

The British Museum is also ‘out of step’ with widespread UK public and professional opinion on the question of returning the sculptures to Greece. Opinion polls in the UK for the past fifteen years have consistently shown an overwhelming majority of people believe the British Museum should give the sculptures back.

Mr Hill said that supporters of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures throughout the UK and around the world would not rest until the sculptures are returned.

"It is not often we can put right one of history’s great wrong. But in the case of the return of the sculptures stripped from Parthenon by Lord Elgin and shipped to England, we have that opportunity", he said.

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures represents volunteer committees in 16 countries that support the return of the Parthenon sculptures held in the British Museum to be reunited with the other Parthenon sculptures held in Athens.

See www.parthenoninternational.org

GREAT BRITAIN | The Guardian

December 05 | 2014 |

By Helena Smith in Athens

Parthenon marbles: Greece furious over British loan to Russia

Greek prime minister says loan of statue from pillaged frieze puts end to British Museum argument that disputed antiquities are immovable.
Greece has reacted with outrage to the British Museum’s surprise move to loan one of the disputed Parthenon marbles to Russia.


GREAT BRITAIN | Marbles Reunited

December 05 | 2014 |

The British Museum loan Parthenon sculpture to Russian Museum

News that the British Museum has loaned one of the Parthenon Sculptures to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has come as a shock, especially given the Greek state’s efforts in the last year to mediate with Britain through a UNESCO process in order to resolve the ongoing debate on the divided state of the sculptures.

The British Museum and government have so far failed to respond to the mediation process. This latest move on their part shows utter disregard for the ongoing debate, which has become a global issue. Allowing one of the Parthenon sculptures to leave the country, on loan to Russia, further emphasises their refusal to engage in meaningful conversation with Greece and is indicative of their lack of intention to resolve the issue.


GREAT BRITAIN | Marbles Reunited

November | 2014 |

The première in London of the film "Promakhos" took place this summer and here you can view the trailer now:

View the trailer of "PROMAKHOS" >>

Read article about the film (in Greek) >>


November | 2014 |



The 18th General Assembly developed in Florence, Italy, from 9 to 14 November 2014, considering the the 19th Recommendation of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting The Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation and the basis of UNESCO’s 2010 mediation rules, resolved:

To support the mediation process proposed by Greece for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles on the basis of UNESCO’s 2010 mediation and to encourage both parties (Greece and United Kingdom) to open a fruitful dialogue aiming at a mutually acceptable solution.


The resolution addresses the following public agencies and other competent institutions:

1. Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

2. UK Ministry of Culture, Media and Sports

3. National Committees for UNESCO

GREECE | Times of Change

November 18 | 2014 |

By Katerina Lymberopoulou

"When Melina offered me ouzo and got me to fight for the Marbles"

Interview with the Chairman of Swedish Parthenon Committee, Krister Kumlin, former Swedish Ambassador to Greece.

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November 15 | 2014 |

Dorothy King

The Elgin Marbles ...
I've expressed repeatedly that they are the Parthenon Sculptures not the Elgin Marbles. And that I am for a loan of the ones in London, Paris etc to Athens.

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November 07 | 2014 |

By Richard Morrison

Neil MacGregor: ‘There is no possibility of putting the Elgin Marbles back’

The British Museum director explains why the Parthenon Sculptures will not be returned to Greece during his tenure

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CANADA | Ottowan Citizen

November 03 | 2014 |

By Don Butler

Venizelos seems to be outling a new offer to the UK in return for the Marbles while announcing an Ancient Greece exhibition in Canada.

Greece hopes exhibit at Museum of History will help free Elgin Marbles from Britain

Read the article >>

GREAT BRITAIN | The Guardian|The Observer

October 19 | 2014 |

By Helena Smith

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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October 16 | 2014 |

Return Parthenon sculptures to Greece, say MPs.

The government has faced calls to return the Parthenon sculptures - known as the Elgin Marbles in the UK - to Greece. Liberal Democrat Andrew George said "parading stolen booty in the otherwise excellent British Museum" brings "shame on this country", as he raised the matter during culture questions on 15 October 2014.

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GREECE | Ekathimerini

October 15 | 2014 |

Amal Alamuddin Clooney in Athens: Return of Parthenon Marbles ‘a just cause’

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GREECE | To Vima

October 15 | 2014 |

Amal Alamuddin Clooney in Athens, Greece

Read the article in Greek >>

GREAT BRITAIN | The Guardian

October 14 | 2014 |

Amal Clooney advises Greece on return of Parthenon marbles to Athens

Helena Smith

Human rights lawyer hopes for an amicable solution, but Britain has so far failed to respond to calls for mediation

Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer, has said it is only prudent that Greece seeks legal advice in its attempt to reclaim the Parthenon marbles from the British Museum, but hopes an amicable solution can be found to the decades-long dispute.

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AUSTRALIA | The Sydney Morning Herald

October 09 | 2014 |

Amal Alamuddin and Geoffrey Robertson team up to win back Elgin Marbles for Greece

Nick Miller, Europe Correspondent

London: The new "Mrs Clooney" has her first post-wedding job – and it's a doozy.
In tandem with fellow human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson, Amal Alamuddin is taking sides in one of the most controversial cultural arguments of recent history: she will try to win the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece.

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SPAIN | Euro Weekly News

October 07 | 2014 |

Greece presses for return of Elgin Marbles

THE Greek delegation to UNESCO launched a new campaign last Monday October 6 for the return of the Parthenon’s famous Elgin Marbles.

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UK | The Guardian

AUGUST | 2014 |

The Parthenon marbles are the world's most beautiful art – and that's why we should give them back.

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UK | Financial Times

APRIL 17 | 2014 |

"I ask Lowe if he thinks he could usefully apply his attentions to the Parthenon Marbles, the most contentious such issue in today’s cultural world. "I would love to be asked to make copies of all the Marbles," he replies. "And then put them side by side with the originals, ask the ministers of culture from Greece and Britain to come, and alternately pick from them." He knows that is something of a fantasy, but can’t resist a wistful pitch. "It would be a brilliant project. And very possible."

Peter Aspden is the FT’s arts writer

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USA | The New York Times

APRIL 17 | 2014 |

Repatriated Works Back in Their Countries of Origin


It’s a new life for many repatriated antiquities, back on display in their countries of origin.

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APRIL | 2014 |

Svenska Parthenonkommitténs ordförande Krister Kumlin medverkar i Swedish Bulletin med artikeln "The return of the Parthenon Marbles".

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April 1 | 2014 |

During yesterday's ECOFIN address, PM Samaras spoke about reunification of the Parthenon sculptures. It's been a while since a Greek PM had done that.

And even then, the remaining parts were preserved for another 150 years, until another vandal came along: Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, taking away more than half of the sculptures. Some of them, he picked them up from the ground. Some of them, he tore them down from the temple itself!

Since then, the most emblematic world monument of Classical civilization remains mutilated.
Since then, the marbles on the Acropolis are calling for the return of the missing marbles!
Since then, my country is trying to achieve the reunification of the Parthenon.

Few years after Elgin?s looting, the Greeks revolted against the Ottoman rule and gained their Independence. But the stolen marbles are always missing from the site and from our hearts. [...]

Read the whole speech >>

GREECE | greekculturalprotection.com

Feb 27 | 2014 |


International Appeal

According to the Greek Constitution and the Archaeological Law in force, the archaeological movable and immovable heritage is considered national property belonging to all Greeks. The privatization and commercialization of public assets affects this heritage dramatically and weakens its protection and conservation due to the lack of necessary funds.

A group of Greeks who struggle for the protection of our cultural heritage have created the site: www.greekcultureprotection.com comprising a voting appeal to UNESCO to take appropriate measures for the protection of cultural heritage of countries in economic crisis - like Greece.

The aim also is to raise the awareness of the public opinion and personalities. (Mr Gunder Grass ,Mr. Noam Chomsky ,Mr. Kostas Gavras, Mr. Vassilis Vassilikos, Mr. George Bisos, Mr. Mario Botta, have already adopted the appeal).

Visit the site and vote >>

www | youtube.com

Feb 16 | 2014 |

New drama film on Parthenon Marbles

The movie PROMAKHOS dramatizes the litigation for the return of the marbles and features a few well known British and Greek actors and two actors from USA in the lead roles. The release is set for later this year.

See trailer >>

UK | Elgism Blog

Feb 16 | 2014 |

There have been many polls about the Parthenon Marbles in recent years and only a few have shown anything other than a high level of support for their return. The Guardian recently ran a poll, following the publicity from George Clooney’s statements about the sculptures.

YES 88%
NO 12%

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UK | The Guardian

Feb 11 | 2014 |

George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon back return of Elgin marbles

By Mark Brown and Helena Smith in Athens

Hollywood actors say Greek sculptures have had a "very nice stay" in Britain but should be returned.

Read the article >>

UK | Independent

Feb 09 | 2014 |

George Clooney believes Britain should lose its Marbles

By Ian Johnston

Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for the UK to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, saying it is "the right thing to do".

Clooney was speaking at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday during a press conference for his film The Monuments Men, which tells the story of a team sent by the Allies to try to save artefacts from being stolen by the Nazis.

Read the article >>

Clip on Youtube >>

USA| Virtual Strategy

Jan 16 | 2014 |

National Tour of Parthenon Drawings by Fairfield University Professor Opens in NYC on Jan. 16. 2014

An exhibition of drawings of the Parthenon by Fairfield University professor of art history Katherine A. Schwab, Ph. D., opens it national tour from January 16 through Feb. 13, 2014, at the Greek Consulate General in New York. Comprised of thirty-five works on paper, “An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab,” combines art, history, and archaeology to powerful effect and will travel the U.S. through 2017.

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