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October 7, 2007

Greece’s efforts to secure the return of antiquites

Posted at 1:59 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

As the opening of the New Acropolis Museum draws closer, more attention is focussing on Greece’s attempts to secure the return of artefacts held abroad. This highlights one of the key roles of the new museum – to bring about the return of the Elgin Marbles by the British Museum.

Washington Post

Greeks Go for All the Marbles In Effort to Get Back Artifacts
A New Museum’s Goal: To Press the British to Return Parthenon Sculptures
By Philip Kennicott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 7, 2007; Page R12

ATHENS — On Saturday, huge cranes will begin lifting ancient statues, carvings and architectural fragments off the Acropolis, down to a new museum built at the base of the most famous citadel in the world. For the vast majority of these stone remnants of the great age of Athens, it will be the first time they have ever left this rocky summit.

Even as the forces of history washed over this city for millennia, making and unmaking it according to the dictates of three major religions and at least a half-dozen empires, these stone gods and heroes, which once decorated its temples and public spaces, have remained close to their original home. That makes them the lucky ones.
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October 4, 2007

Dry run for transfer of artefacts to New Acropolis Museum next week

Posted at 1:56 pm in Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum

More details of the transfer of artefacts to the New Acropolis Museum, planned to commence on the 14th October.

Athens News Agency

Dry run for artifacts’ transfer to new Acropolis Museum next week

The Greek government on Wednesday announced that a dry run for the transfer of antiquities from the old museum atop the Acropolis to the new ultra-modern Acropolis Museum, several hundred metres below the hill on Makrygianni Street, will take place on Oct. 11.

“For all of us, our primary concern is the safe transfer of the artifacts,” Greek Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis said on Wednesday regarding the exercise, following an inspection of the conservation work and packaging of the exhibits, a process now entering the final stages.
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October 3, 2007

Acropolis statues are ready for the move to the new museum

Posted at 1:52 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Preparations are now almost complete for the move of the Parthenon Sculptures from the existing Acropolis Museum to the New Acropolis Museum. It is important to remember, that as some of the sculptures were carved in-situ, it is the first time time that they will every have left the Acropolis, after over 2500 years there.


AP – Associated Press
Acropolis statues ready for new museum
Sculptural masterpieces await biggest airlift of antiquities in Greek history
Updated: 2:27 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2007

ATHENS, Greece – Swaddled in white drop cloths, hundreds of sculptural masterpieces from the Acropolis are waiting to be delicately lifted by crane to a new, glass and concrete museum nearing completion at the foot of the ancient citadel.

In just a few days, officials plan to start whisking some 4,500 artifacts from the old, cramped Acropolis museum. It will be the first time the artifacts — some of which are considered among the most important works of antiquity — have been moved from the site.
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September 27, 2007

How the Parthenon sculptures might have been coloured

Posted at 1:49 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

An exhibition at Harvard University is showing full size reconstructions of how many Greek sculptures might once have looked originally when they were brightly painted.

Harvard University Gazette

September 27, 2007
Scholars give us antiquity — the colorized version
By Ken Gewertz
Harvard News Office

For artists of the Renaissance, the key to truth and beauty lay in the past. Renaissance artists assiduously studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work. The inspiration they found in those ancient models has echoed down the centuries, influencing the appearance of Western art and architecture to this day.

If those 15th and 16th century artists had looked more closely, however, they might have found something that would have changed their vision of ancient art and had a profound effect on their own practice. That element was color.
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Socratis Mavromatis photos exhibited in Connecticut

Posted at 1:40 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles

Socratis Mavromatis’s photos of the Parthenon & its sculptures are on display at Fairfield University.

Fairfield Mirror (Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut)

‘Archaeology’ exhibit: Where the lens meets the marble
By: Marie Montgomery
Issue date: 9/27/07

“There is this irony right away, that a photograph is flat [but] you are looking at stunning sculpture, archeological sites, ancient temples, all of these things which occupy space and are three dimensional,” said Katherine Schwab, art history professor and organizer of the “Creative Photograph in Archaeology” exhibit.

The exhibit opens today at the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center and features 76 black and white photographs depicting Greek antiquities that have been produced from high resolution scans of the original negatives.
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August 26, 2007

Slime Snake Monkey People?

Posted at 1:37 pm in Acropolis

Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. continues to expound his distinctly non-mainstream opinions on the interpretation of the sculptures of the Parthenon with his latest book.

I have read one of his previous books, but have not seen this one yet & am not planning on reading it – his entire research seems to be focussed on proving his anti-evolution pre-conceptions. Almost any other book on the subject provides more believable / well researched interpretations on the Parthenon Sculptures than this.

Standard Newswire

Call Darwinists ‘Slime-Snake-Monkey-People’ Author Urges Christians
Merited Ridicule May Shame Them into Accepting Evidence in Greek Art for Genesis Events
Contact: Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., Solving Light Books, 410-757-4630

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, August 21 /Standard Newswire/ — Solving Light Books announced today the release of Robert Bowie Johnson Jr.’s new book, “Noah in Ancient Greek Art,” featuring 27 ancient images of the Greek version of Noah. The book details Noah’s role in Greek art as a known historical figure in relation to whom the artists were able to depict, and boast of, the rapid growth of their contrary spiritual outlook, exalting man, instead of God, as the measure of all things.
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August 15, 2007

Are tourists the pilgrims of our age?

Posted at 1:59 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

An interesting article reflects on the mindset of modern tourism, as well as the effect of the progress of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on the debate over the Elgin Marbles.

The Independent

14 August 2007 13:13
Philip Hensher
Tourists are the pilgrims of our age
Published: 14 August 2007

Some people find the spectacle of mass tourism offensive and alarming, and in many places it certainly is that. On occasion, however, you have to reflect that the scale of tourism – the sheer numbers flocking round some important treasure – is some kind of homage to the power of the imagination, and of the history of culture. It’s sometimes hard to remember this, but in the middle of August, we should probably make the effort.

In Athens this week, I made the effort in the broiling heat to climb the Acropolis hill, to see what progress has been made in its restoration and rebuilding. The heat was a serious disincentive, it must be said. But there was something extraordinarily moving about the numbers of people making the same journey, from all parts of the world: Japanese women very sensibly using parasols, Americans fanning themselves with their baseball caps, the unmistakably sticky-out legs of the English and elegant Spanish, South Americans and Indians, coping very well indeed with the heat.
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July 29, 2007

Deliberations on stealing from ancient sites

Posted at 12:58 pm in Acropolis, Similar cases

A reporter looks back on the ethics of taking any artefact, no matter how small from an ancient site without permission.

Peninsula Times (Qatar)

Laying a piece of history to rest
(By Jeffrey K Wallace)
Sunday July 29, 2007

The list of youthful indiscretions I planned to keep secret from my children stopped growing years ago, but with recent news reports about pilfered antiquities, big-name museums and possible prison terms, I realise there’s a piece of my history I still need to deal with. In the summer of 1973, I was an imprudent teenager (that’s no secret) enduring a family holiday in the distant lands of ancient Who-Cares-Ville. One afternoon in Athens, during a forced tour of the Acropolis, I wandered off from the group. Tourists were allowed to walk around inside the Parthenon in those days, and after I had had my fill of rubble and panoramic photo ops, I kicked back for a moment’s rest against one of the massive marble pillars.

I kicked back, heel first and much too casually, and an avalanche of marble shards crumbled down across my shoe. It was an accident, I swear — and it probably scared me; I don’t remember. What I do remember is placing a piece of one of the new-fallen rocks in my palm. Small as an olive, thin as a coin, older than Caesar it sparkled like a drachma-sized souvenir.
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July 28, 2007

Caring for our collections report analysis

Posted at 1:38 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

Selby Whittingham, a former curator at the Manchester Gallery and an art historian, has written an interesting analysis of the findings of the DCMS Select Committee’s Caring for Our Collections enquiry.

Selby Whittingham

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Caring for our collections
6th Report of Session 2006-7, 2 vols, HC 176, 25 June 2007.

The Report and Evidence run to over 500 often repetitive pages with no index. Who will read it? ICON (Institute of Conservation) remarks: “Collections care has been the subject of a great many reports, studies, action plans and strategic reviews in recent years. The appetite for asking the same questions over and over again seems not to be diminished by feeding …” (Ev.69).
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July 20, 2007

Acropolis sculptures boxed for move

Posted at 12:44 pm in Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum

More information on the transferral of artefacts to the New Acropolis Museum.

Middle East Times (Egypt)

Your World
Acropolis sculptures go in boxes for first-ever move
Catherine Boitard
July 19, 2007

ATHENS — Huddled on Athen’s Acropolis, archaeologists are fine-tuning an unprecedented, multi-million dollar operation to relocate Greece’s most prized antiquities to a new, modern showcase set to open in 2008.

Around 330 statues and artifacts from the Parthenon and other temples that overlook the capital are to be transported from the current museum, which was carved into the rock in 1874, starting in September.
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July 19, 2007

Greeks call off strike

Posted at 1:00 pm in Acropolis

It appears that I was not the only one thinking about the detrimental effects of the planned strikes by guards at Greek archaeological sites.

International Herald Tribune

Guards call off 4-day Acropolis strike
The Associated Press
Published: July 18, 2007

ATHENS, Greece: Acropolis guards on Wednesday called off a four-day strike after tour operators warned that repeated closures of Greece’s iconic tourist destination were damaging the country’s tourist industry.

Hundreds of tourists were turned away from the Acropolis last weekend when guards walked off the job for two days, with many visitors resorting to snapping pictures of the Parthenon monument from a nearby hill. The guards, demanding salary bonuses and job guarantees, had planned to hold a four-day strike starting Saturday.
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July 18, 2007

Is locking the tourists out the best publicity for Greece as a tourist destination

Posted at 12:56 pm in Acropolis

Any workers should be entitled to strike if necessary. Greek State employees use this entitlement more often than most. They should however look though at whether the negative publicity created by their actions ends up being completely counterproductive to them in the long term. This argument applies equally to the ways in which a government handles such cases.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Tuesday July 17, 2007 – Archive
Locking the tourists out

Going on strike means abstaining from work. Unless we are talking about Greece. For here, it can also mean picketing outside the entrance to an archaeological site. Guards here do not just go on strike, which, after all, is their right. No, they prevent thousands of tourists from all over the world from visiting the Parthenon, a monument of global cultural heritage.
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