April 9, 2008

Parthenon sculpture for sale online

Posted at 9:35 am in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

Apparently, some part of the Parthenon is for sale online. What part this is & how it was obtained remains unclear at this point in time. The one thing that is clear is that this would appear to be happening in complete disregard of various laws that are designed to prevent the unauthorised sale of ancient artefacts.

Balkan Travellers

Balkan Travellers
7 April 2008
A marble from the Parthenon in Athens is being sold on the Internet, Greek media reported.

The starting price in the bid is 50,000 US dollars, according to the Antena television station. As proof of the antique object’s authenticity, it was reported, a recording of its being stolen was offered.

The report added that while the marble’s seller is anonymous, there is information on his identity and Greek authorities were informed.

This is the latest blow to Greece’s battle to protect ancient objects from its cultural heritage. As BalkanTravellers.com reported in February, the country’s ministry of culture proposed a new law to regulate various rights and dispute settlements regarding the ownership of Greek cultural monuments.

Greece’s longest-lasting effort for the recovery of its cultural objects has been the dispute over the Elgin Marbles, currently owned by and displayed at the British Museum in London. The country’s newly-constructed Acropolis Museum, which is expected to open in September, was built largely in order to pressure Britain to return the pieces, so that they can be displayed just metres away from their place of origin – the Parthenon.

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