Showing results 25 - 28 of 28 for the month of August, 2006.

August 8, 2006

Voulgarakis speaks on the return of the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 12:40 pm in Elgin Marbles

Hellenic Republic Culture Minister, George Voulgarakis has given an interview where he specifically speaks about the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens. He makes it clear that requests for repatriation should be separated from ultra-nationalistic agendas, which often hijack cases such as this. He believes that this is important for the case to be taken seriously & dealt with on its own merits.

Athens News Agency

Culture minister on the return of Marbles

Culture Minister George Voulgarakis has said that “the strategy for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles must be shaped on a realistic basis and independent of nationalistic-centred obsessions.”

In an interview in the Sunday edition of “Chora” newspaper, the minister said “such a strategy is necessary so that its objective purposes be feasible.”
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August 4, 2006

Replica of Parthenon frieze discovered in Northumberland pub

Posted at 12:28 pm in Elgin Marbles

A miniature copy of the frieze from the Parthenon that was discovered during the refurbishment of a pub has recently come to light. It is thought that the casts originated from miniature copies of the Parthenon Frieze created in at the same time as a full scale copy was constructed around the roof cornice of the Athenaeum Club in London. It is an interesting indication of the cultural impact of the sculptures that their influences can be found in such diverse locations.

Blyth & Wansbeck Today

Fri August 4 2006
A replica of Parthenon frieze uncovered in pub

A DECORATOR carrying out renovations to a Northumberland pub stumbled upon a replica of a frieze which once decorated the Parthenon in Athens.

In the early 1990s John Stephenson was helping refurbish the Three Horse Shoes public house in East Hartford when he found a bronze-coloured panel attached to a wall beneath a piece of hardboard.
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August 3, 2006

New Zealand takes measures to protect cultural heritage

Posted at 1:03 pm in Similar cases

New Zealand has passed legislation to protect any of the country’s heritage against any sort of illegal export.

Stuff (New Zealand)

Bill aims to stop national treasure theft
03 August 2006

Legislation passed last night would ensure there was not an Elgin marble-type theft of New Zealand national treasures, Parliament was told last night.

The Protected Objects Amendment Bill was last night given its third reading after getting cross-party support for measures aimed at protecting New Zealand’s heritage objects.
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August 2, 2006

Greece fights for return of lost treasures

Posted at 12:55 pm in Greece Archaeology, Similar cases

The Elgin Marbles are by far the highest profile case of treasures from Greece that are now located outside the country. However, there are many other smaller cases, some dating from the same period as the Elgin Marbles, but other examples of looting are still occurring today.
The BBC looks at how Greece is now devoting more resources to fighting back against the looters & smugglers.
The full recording of the radio programme can also be listened to online here.

BBC News

Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2006, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Greece fights for its lost treasures
By Rosie Goldsmith
BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents

An untold amount of Greek heritage has been lost to international smugglers, but now Greece is fighting back, determined to bring its treasures home.

“Smuggling is a very big problem and it is becoming bigger by the day. Everybody in Greece is doing some kind of digging or looting somewhere.”
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