Showing results 13 - 24 of 35 for the month of January, 2004.

January 19, 2004

Debate continues over return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Posted at 2:01 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

The launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign has considerably raised the profile of the debate over reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, not just in the UK, but also in the international press. In many instances, other countries can draw parallels with other similar issues that are affecting them more directly.

The Times of India

Campaigners demand return of Elgin marbles to GreeceAdd to Clippings
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2004 12:00:24 AM

No nation has exclusive claim to our common heritage

The campaign to return the Elgin marbles, housed in the British Museum for over two hundred years, to their original home in Athens , is ill-advised.

In today’s globalised world such moves reek of parochialism and the pro-Parthenon activists who have organised themselves into a group called “Marbles Reunited” should know as much.
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January 18, 2004

Why should the Parthenon Sculptures stay in Britain?

Posted at 2:10 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, predictably argues that the Elgin Marbles ought to stay in Britain.

The Times

January 18, 2004
Oi, hands off our marbles!

The right place for the Elgin marbles is the British Museum, says Neil McGregor, its director, as a campaign is launched to repatriate them
The Parthenon is a ruin, a ruin now in an atmosphere so polluted that no major work of sculpture could responsibly be left attached to it. This may seem self-evident, but in the light of some of the claims and arguments put forward this week about the future of the Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum it clearly needs to be restated. Since its creation in the 5th century BC, the Parthenon has been a classical temple, a church and a mosque.

In the course of its history the building and its sculptures have suffered greatly. The worst damage was inflicted by a huge explosion caused by a direct hit from Venetian gunfire on an Ottoman Turkish gunpowder dump in 1687. The roof was blown off and the building, which had hitherto been almost complete as a structure, was wrecked.
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January 17, 2004

Who was Lord Elgin?

Posted at 1:42 pm in Elgin Marbles

As context to the arguments over the return of the Parthenon Marbles, this article looks at who the current Lord Elgin is. Unfortunately though the course of history has been such, that whether or not he wanted to do anything to resolve the situation today, he would be unable to.

The Independent

Lord Elgin: Defender of aristocratic adventure and national treasures
By Tim Luckhurst
17 January 2004

At Broomhall House, ancestral home of the Earls of Elgin, ancient Greek stelae or grave markers adorn the walls. The relics, decorated with carved figures, are the bits of the Elgin Marbles the British Museum did not want. They were brought home to Fife by the 7th Earl in 1816 and remain at Broomhall, now the home of his direct descendant, Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce, the 11th Earl of Elgin and Chief of the Clan Bruce.

His Lordship will be 80 next month. He walks with a limp caused by a leg wound received in the Normandy landings of 1944. He might be forgiven for taking things easy, but when it comes to defending the family name that is not in his nature.
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January 16, 2004

Neil MacGregor & the Enlightenment

Posted at 1:51 pm in British Museum

Neil MacGregor wants the British Museum to be seen as a Universal Museum. The rest of the world’s opinions should also count for something though.

Financial Times

The Revolver: Enlighten up
By Peter Aspden
Published: January 16 2004 16:47 | Last Updated: January 16 2004 16:47

There is a new T-shirt on sale in the British Museum shop. The slogan it bears – “If I am not better, at least I am different” – is cleverly modulated to reflect the tone of our age: a hint of narcissism (I need to tell you something about myself on the front of my T-shirt) tempered by a fashionably relativist conclusion (I am equal to you but not the same. God bless humanity, in all its shapes and forms).

But the most striking thing by far about the slogan is the name of its author. Forget Moschino, Katharine Hamnett and Dolce & Gabbana. Stick to slumming it in the Guggenheim and the Royal Academy, Mr Armani. It seems the fashion world is finally ready for the Jean-Jacques Rousseau revival.
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January 15, 2004

Did Greece fail to protect the Elgin Marbles?

Posted at 2:21 pm in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology

According to the current Lord Elgin, Greece has failed to protect the Elgin Marbles from pollution. This line of reasoning though fails to accept that Lord Elgin could not anticipate such things happening in the future & that this formed no part of his original reasoning for their removal. The Sculptures that remained on the Parthenon were there because it was very hard to remove them without destroying the integrity of the monument (something that Lord Elgin did not worry about). Surely if this was really the concern of the British, then they should have lent expertise to preserve them insitu, rather than ripping them from the building for their own benefit?

The Herald (Scotland)

Web Issue 1919 – January 15 2004
Greeks ‘failed to protect marbles’
January 15 2004

THE Greeks cannot be trusted to look after the 2500-year-old Elgin marbles, which were taken from the Parthenon almost two centuries ago, Lord Elgin said yesterday.
Greece wants the marbles returned to their home in time for this year’s Olympic Games and has been backed by a campaign in Britain that has won the support of MPs and public figures including Dame Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave.

The British Museum, which bought the marble sculptures from Elgin and houses them, has refused to hand them over despite the campaign, which has been running for more than 40 years. Lord Elgin yesterday said the Greeks had failed to protect their artefacts from pollution and the marbles should not be given back.
They were taken from the Parthenon by Thomas Bruce, the seventh earl of Elgin, for his mansion, Broomhall in Fife, which was designed in the classical Greek style.
At the time the earl was British ambassador to the Ottoman empire and the Turks, who had conquered Greece, granted him permission to remove the sculptures, which were of no cultural significance to them.
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Eighty One percent of Britains support loan of the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 2:17 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

A survey commissioned by the Marbles Reunited campaign shows that more than eighty percent of people in Britain would support the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens in the form of a long term loan.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Thursday January 15, 2004
Marbles: Good news and bad

As new poll data published yesterday showed that 81 percent of Britons back a long-term loan of the Elgin, or Parthenon, Marbles to Greece, Athens yesterday admitted that the new museum in which it proposes to display the sculptures will be far from completion during the Summer Olympics.

Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the 94-million-euro project for a new museum in the Makriyianni district under the ancient citadel – already some 19 months behind schedule – fell foul of court challenges brought by archaeologists and local residents, who argue that the building will irreparably damage important antiquities found on the site.
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Will Greece’s campaign for the restitution of the Elgin Marbles be sucessful?

Posted at 2:14 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Some in Athens are against the construction of the New Acropolis Museum. In many cases though, this is more of a political isue, brought about by people who are not seeing the situation objectively.

Sydney Morning Herald

Greek fight to win back marbles might be in vain
By Fred Bernstein
January 16, 2004

After almost two centuries of frustration, Greece had a new plan: to use the 2004 Summer Olympics, during which the eyes of the world will be on Athens, to pressure Britain into returning the missing sculptures that once adorned the Parthenon.

Known as the Elgin Marbles by those who say they belong to Britain (Lord Elgin acquired them from the Ottoman Turks, in 1806), and as the Parthenon Marbles by those who say they were stolen, they have become the world’s most famously contested works of art. But so far, all the diplomacy has not succeeded in getting them back to Athens, even for a short-term loan.
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Marbles Reunited campaign launch

Posted at 2:10 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

The Marbles Reunited campaign draws on high profile supporters to raise awareness for the issue of the Parthenon Marbles.

The Guardian

Group Demands U.K. Return Elgin Marbles
Thursday January 15, 2004 12:16 AM
Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) – Activists launched a fresh bid Wednesday to persuade the British Museum to return ancient sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, saying even a loan would be a huge step forward.

The activists, whose group is called Marbles Reunited, said Greece had suggested the British Museum retain ownership and control over the so-called Elgin Marbles but display them on long-term loan at a museum being built at the Acropolis in Athens.
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Return the Parthenon Sculptures for the Olympics

Posted at 2:02 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Robin Cook, who has just launched the Marbles Reunited campaign, writes about why now is the ideal time for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Greece.

The Scotsman

Thu 15 Jan 2004
Olympic bid is perfect time to return Elgin Marbles

YESTERDAY, Marbles Reunited was launched by a number of British citizens who believe that the proper place for the Parthenon Marbles is back at the Acropolis, where they stood for 2,000 years until Lord Elgin pulled them down. The campaign starts with the favourable wind in its sails of an opinion poll that confirms public support by a wide margin for restoring the Marbles to Athens.

That should prompt some serious heart-searching among the trustees of the British Museum. It is one thing for them to resist demands of Greek governments. It is quite another for them to defy the wishes of the British people, on whose behalf they act as trustees.
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New campaign to Reunite the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 1:56 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

The high profile London launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign has been covered both in the UK & abroad. Hopefully, it will help to rapidly bring about reunification of all the surviving Parthenon sculptures in Athens.

The Straits Times (Singapore)

Britain urged to return Parthenon marbles

LONDON – Activists launched a fresh bid on Wednesday to persuade the British Museum to return the ancient sculptures known as the Parthenon marbles to Greece, saying even a loan would be a huge step forward.

The activists, whose group is called Marbles Reunited, said Greece had suggested that the museum retain ownership of and control over the works but display them on long-term loan at a new museum being built at the Acropolis in Athens.
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Cook rediscovers his ethics

Posted at 1:53 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Robin Cooks support for the return of the Elgin Marbles has stirred up controversy – but he is seen once more as someone who stands for his own principles.

Financial Times

Observer – UK
Published: January 15 2004 20:42 | Last Updated: January 15 2004 20:42
Cook finds his marbles

Three years after leaving the Foreign Office, Robin Cook seems to be rediscovering his ethics. First he resigned over the Iraq war. Now he’s taken an interest in the Elgin marbles, whose return to Greece he never contemplated while he was in a position to deliver them as part of his “ethical foreign policy”.

Cook is already a hero in Greece, one of Europe’s most anti-American countries, for his anti-war stance. Observer hears he embraced the marbles at a recent meeting in Athens of the party of European Socialists, of which he is president.
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January 14, 2004

Why Greece should be trusted to look after the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 2:41 pm in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, Marbles Reunited

Following the London launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign. the present Lord Elgin is stating that the Greeks can not be trusted to protect their heritage. This view is not only xenophobic, suggesting that only the British are capable of looking after such artefacts, but also ignores the reasons behind things that have happened in the past, merely focusing on a biased synopsis of the results & then making predictions on the future from this.

The Scotsman

Wed 14 Jan 2004
10:36am (UK)
Greece Too Untrustworthy for Marbles – Lord Elgin
By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News

Greece cannot be trusted to look after the Elgin marbles, a descendant of the man who brought them to Britain claimed today.

The current Lord Elgin said the Greeks had failed to protect the famous artefacts from pollution and should not be given the rest back.
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