Showing results 25 - 28 of 28 for the month of November, 2008.

November 3, 2008

Edinburgh’s Parthenon to be restored

Posted at 2:04 pm in Acropolis

Edinburgh’s copy of the Parthenon is going to undergo restoration. It is interesting, that what starts as a mere copy can become a monument important enough to be seen as an entity to be restored in its own right – what started as a clone attains an identity of its own. The works will be on a somewhat smaller scale though the Acropolis restoration in Athens.

From:
Scotsman

‘Athens of the North’ icon to undergo a Greek revival
Published Date: 01 November 2008
By CHRIS MARSHALL

IT’S the iconic monument which helped cement Edinburgh’s reputation as the “Athens of the North” and looms large over the city’s skyline.

Now the National Monument on Calton Hill is to get a Greek revival as part of a £1 million project to breath new life into the Capital’s most prized monuments.
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Dealing with the plundering of antiquities

Posted at 1:56 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

Another review of Sharon Waxman’s new book about the looting that fills the museums of the West.

From:
Dallas Morning News

‘Loot’ by Sharon Waxman: Author delves into the plundering of antiquities
12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, November 2, 2008
By ALEXANDRA WITZE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
books@dallasnews.com Alexandra Witze is chief of correspondents for America for the science journal Nature.

Classical scholar Marion True, a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was a leading light in the museum world, until her passion for antiquities landed her in court in Italy.

In a bizarre series of events starting in 2005, Italian prosecutors pursued her for allegedly covering up earlier transactions in which the Getty had bought looted artifacts for its collection. Yet Ms. True had long fought against the murky underworld of smuggled antiquities, and many now feel she became a scapegoat in an ongoing battle between august Western institutions and the often-poorer countries from which the world’s great artifacts were taken.
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Visit Athens to see the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:51 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Even before the New Acropolis Museum has properly opened, it has become one of the key reasons given for why people should visit Athens. As such, it provides an amazing public relations tool in Greece’s endeavours to retrieve the Elgin Marbles.

From:
Austin American Statesman

TRAVEL
Athens puts on chic face for its traditional sights and sounds
By Shelley Emling
INTERNATIONAL STAFF
Saturday, November 01, 2008

ATHENS, Greece – Not so long ago, many travelers dismissed Athens, with its scruffy streets, traffic pandemonium, and lackadaisical service, as mostly a jumping-off point for some really gorgeous Greek island.

But since the 2004 Olympics this capital city, bathed in millennia of history, has been rejuvenated for the new millennium.
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November 1, 2008

Edward Enfield to give talk about the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 1:27 pm in Elgin Marbles, Events

Edward Enfield is to give a talk about the Parthenon Marbles at this year’s World Travel Market, at Excel in London.

The Greek National Tourist Organisation in conjunction with the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles invite you to hear Edward Enfield speak at Excel, for this year’s World Travel Market

ACROPOLIS Now – Greece’s latest cultural offering
The presentation will take place at the Platinum Suite 5, on Wednesday 12th of November, at 11:30 hours.