October 29, 2009
Since its opening a few months ago, the New Acropolis Museum has become the strongest argument for the reunification of the surviving Parthenon Marbles in one place, raising their international profile, at the same time as making the case for their return even clearer.
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Greece Unveils Museum Meant For ‘Stolen’ Sculptures
By Sylvia Poggioli
Published October 19, 2009 1:28 PM
A new, hypermodern museum at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens has a defiant purpose: to convince Britain to give back the symbols of ancient Greek glory, the 2,500-year-old sculptures of the Parthenon that were pried off the temple by Lord Elgin two centuries ago.
For decades, the main argument against the return of the sculptures — known as the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles — was Greece’s lack of a suitable location for their display. The new Acropolis Museum is a stunning rebuttal.
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