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January 3, 2006

Acropolis included in shortlist for present day ‘seven wonders’

Posted at 9:54 pm in Acropolis

A list has been drawn up of monument and buildings around the world, which may be included in a list of today’s Seven Wonders of the World. The eventual winners will be announced in January 2007.

The Guardian

Vote for seven wonders
Jon Henley
Monday January 2, 2006
The Guardian

The Acropolis in Athens made it, as did Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, China’s Great Wall, the Colosseum in Rome, the Inca temple of Machu Picchu in Peru, Stonehenge and the Moai – the Easter Island statues.

Less immediately obvious choices in a final shortlist of 21 contenders for the New Seven Wonders of the World, announced in Switzerland yesterday, included the Kremlin in Moscow, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
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December 22, 2005

Acropolis restoration almost complete

Posted at 1:35 pm in Acropolis

Within a year’s time, all urgent repairs to the Acropolis monuments will be complete. There will still be a lot of additional restoration work, but the remaining tasks will be less critical to ensuring the survival of the site in its current state.

The Guardian

Decades-Long Acropolis Rehab Nearly Done
Wednesday December 21, 2005 4:01 PM
Associated Press Writer

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Thirty years into a massive project to restore the 2,500-year-old Acropolis monuments, the end is at last in sight, Culture Ministry officials announced Wednesday.

All “urgent repairs” to the marble monuments – built at the height of ancient Athenian glory in the 5th century B.C. – will be completed in a year’s time, architect Haralambos Bouras told a press conference. And from 2009, he said, conservationists will be free to tackle less pressing projects on the walled Acropolis hill.
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November 27, 2005

New initiatives in support of the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 7:05 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Last Friday, heads of many of the international committees for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles met together in Athens. It was the first time such an event had been organised & that so many of the committees had met together.
Early in the day, a number of decisions were taken by the twelve committees present. The most important decision taken was to form an International Committee – essentially an umbrella organisation of which all the national committees are members. This international committee (name yet to be decided) will, amongst other things, help to co-ordinate the efforts of the various committees (fifteen at present) to avoid unnecessary duplication of their efforts etc.
A second decision taken was to make a declaration of support for the reunification of the sculptures – a statement on which all the member organisations were agreed, that represents the basic essence of their intentions & purpose.

Whilst in Athens, the campaigners also met with Karolos Papoulias (the president of the Hellenic Republic) & Kostas Karamanlis (the prime minister of the Hellenic Republic) as well as discussing the issue in detail with Petros Tatoulis, the deputy minister of Culture.

Below follow various articles covering this meeting.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Saturday November 26, 2005
‘Moral duty’ to bring Parthenon Marbles back home


President Karolos Papoulias yesterday received the members of 12 international committees for the return of the Parthenon Marbles in Greece at the invitation of Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis, who accompanied them to the Presidential Palace. Papoulias thanked them for their «generous effort.» «The Elgin Marbles were seized during a period of history where the strong had the power of life and death over the weak. Now that time has passed. Now we serve other moral values and I believe that it is a moral duty to bring those treasures of Greek civilization back to their homeland… It is not an easy battle,» Read the rest of this entry »

November 25, 2005

Is the Acropolis being washed away?

Posted at 6:36 pm in Acropolis

Unusually heavy rain & flooding in Greece has prompted suggestions that the seepage of water is damaging the foundations of the Acropolis. Archaeologists, architects & engineers involved in the current restoration works on the site all suggest that these suggestions are incorrect.

Middle East Times (Cairo)

Acropolis foundations threatened by seeping rainwater
November 25, 2005

ATHENS — Greek archaeologists worry that the foundations of the Acropolis monument are threatened by rainwater that has seeped into the soil of the ancient citadel, the Greek press said on Thursday.

Of most concern is the fifth-century BC Parthenon temple, whose roof was destroyed during a seventeenth-century siege of the Acropolis by Venetian forces.
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Book on the Athena Statue in the Parthenon

Posted at 6:29 pm in Acropolis

Nashville artist, Louise LeQuire has written a children’s book about the statue of Athena that once sat within the Parthenon. Her own son was the sculptor of the speculative reproduction of the sculpture that fills the interior of Nashville’s copy of the Parthenon.

Nashville Scene



Nashville artist LeQuire is uniquely qualified to write a children’s book about the Athena statue inside the Parthenon: her son, Alan, was the sculptor. It took the younger LeQuire nearly a decade to build the full-scale re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue that once stood on the site of Greek Acropolis. During that time, until its completion in 1990, Louise LeQuire paid frequent visits to see how the massive project was coming, often with her grandchildren in tow. It was their questions about the statue that inspired her to write a children’s book about it. The result is Athena Smiles, in which a young girl learns about the ancient Greek rituals that surrounded the Greek goddess and her towering likeness in the Parthenon. The author/illustrator will sign copies of her book this Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, at LeQuire Gallery, which is owned by son Alan. She’ll have another signing at The Parthenon, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. —JONATHAN MARX


October 19, 2005

The Acropolis – myth or monument?

Posted at 1:04 pm in Acropolis

Karen Armstrong’s new book, A short history of myth looks at the alienation of modern society from mythology. In the context of the Parthenon (& many other monuments around the world) this is a very interesting subject. When it was built, it was a building that existed within a cultural framework of myths, stories that everyone knew & that not only related to the building but the reason for the building’s being. When we look at it now, we tend to see it as a grand architectural edifice that has lost much of its cultural context, or as a historical curiousity – a window to a past civilisation. Modern society has diverged from myths, ostensibly due to science, although as this article points out there was already an intricate understanding of science at the time monuments such as the Acropolis were created.
If people still believed in the Parthenon in the same way as they once did, would people see Lord Elgin’s denuding of the building in the same way? Do we now tend towards valuations of these monuments only for their artistic merit, or through their provenance? They have for many people lost their context & become something that could be displayed anywhere or that is appropriate to any part of the world.


The mythless society
November 2005 | 116
Science has not fulfilled its promise, and new fiction provides no more solace than reality television. We desperately need myth again. Can Canongate’s new publishing venture provide it?
Jonathon Keats

A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong : (Canongate, £12)
Weight by Jeanette Winterson : (Canongate, £12)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood : (Canongate, £12)

Who but a madman would launch a series of 100 book-length myths, as reimagined by contemporary authors, publicly committing his company to publishing several highbrow titles per season through the year 2038? The madness of Canongate publisher Jamie Byng, instigator of this epic project—simultaneously debuting in 24 countries this month—is an issue perhaps best addressed by psychologists. What the cultural critic might consider, on the other hand, is whether our society is, likewise, cracked.

This is a serious question, and a relevant one. As Karen Armstrong notes in A Short History of Myth, her smart general introduction to the series, the purpose of myth historically has been “primarily therapeutic.” Since Palaeolithic times, myths have been told, in countless forms, to help people understand the world and to guide them through life. Each society, in every era, has revisited fundamental storylines—from the labours of Heracles to the temptations of Christ—not to provide general amusement, but to serve a specific need. Since the Enlightenment, and especially in this past century, that need has ostensibly been eradicated, our anxieties addressed by science, eliminated by technology. And the mechanism of myth, our facility for make-believe, has been channelled into fiction, some literary, most entertainment: innocuous stuff easily sidelined by fact artfully arranged on page or screen.
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October 15, 2005

Ceremony on Acropolis to celebrate liberation from Nazis

Posted at 8:32 pm in Acropolis

Athens celebrates the liberation of the city from the Nazis, with a ceremony mimicking the actions that took place on the site in 1944. Even though it is no longer a place of worship for the Greeks, the Acropolis remains a focal point of Greek culture today.

Athens News Agency

Ceremony held on Acropolis to mark Athens’ liberation from Nazis

A ceremony was held on the Athens Acropolis on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation troops on October 12, 1944. Among those attending was President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, while Deputy Defence Minister Vassilis Mihaloliakos represented the government and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
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October 7, 2005

Olga Palagia lectures on the Parthenon sculptures

Posted at 1:01 pm in Acropolis

Professor Olga Palagia of Athens University has recently lectured at Cornell University in the USA on the Parthenon Sculptures. She is the author of a book some years ago on the Pediment sculptures of the Parthenon.

Cornell Sun

Athenian Prof Explains Parthenon’s Sculptures
October 04, 2005
by Griffin Oleynick
Sun Contributor

Prof. Olga Palagia, visiting Ithaca this week from the University of Athens, delivered a vibrant, and at times controversial, hour-long lecture entitled “The Sculptures of the Parthenon” late yesterday afternoon to a small but packed room G22 in Goldwin Smith Hall.
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August 13, 2005

Rise in Acropolis visitor numbers

Posted at 8:01 pm in Acropolis

Visitor figures for many monuments in Greece have risen for a number of reasons:
Currently the country is seen as a safer (with regard to terrorists) destination than Turkey, Italy or Spain (Its worth noting that British Museum visitor figures have dropped by 30% since the London bombings).
Greece & its monuments have had a lot of recent publicity from the Olympics held in Athens last summer.
Also, as a result of the Olympics, many monuments are now more accessible to the disabled than they ever were previously.

Kathimerini English Edition

Saturday August 13, 2005
Tourist numbers leap up
Expected double-digit rise confirms medium-term Olympics benefit


More tourists than ever are trekking up the Acropolis this year. After years of declining tourism revenues, Greece is bouncing back after the success of last year’s Olympics and more spending on advertising campaigns. The Games have also left a good legacy of better infrastructure, especially in Athens. The Acropolis is now accessible to the disabled via a small lift. However, Greece still suffers from many cases of substandard services in the tourism sector, which could leave visitors unhappy.
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July 21, 2005

30 years of restoration work on Acropolis

Posted at 12:56 pm in Acropolis

Apparently the reason for Tatoulis’s visit to the Acropolis yesterday was to mark the fact the it was 30 years since the current phase of restoration works on the site started.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Acropolis on course
Major phase of facelift to be ready by next year, along with museum

Workers use a crane to shift a marble fragment on the Acropolis in central Athens as part of a conservation project that Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis said yesterday would be largely completed by the end of next year. The ancient citadel is home to some of the best examples of Classical Greek architecture and the Parthenon, seen in the background, will be the last monument to be renovated as work on it is to continue after 2006. The entire project is likely to be ready by 2020, according to Tatoulis.
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More on the Acropolis restoration completion dates

Posted at 12:38 pm in Acropolis

Many papers have an AP article today, giving more details of the expected completion of the Acropolis restoration project that Petros Tatoulis spoke about yesterday.

The Guardian

Acropolis Facelifts Near Finish in Greece
Wednesday July 20, 2005 6:46 PM
AP Photo ATH103
Associated Press Writer

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – For years, tourists to the Acropolis have been frustrated to find ancient monuments shrouded in scaffolding, thanks to a long and painstaking restoration project. Now, an end is in sight.

Greek cultural officials said Wednesday that work on the Parthenon, the Athena Nike temple and the massive Propylaea gate – treasures built in the mid-fifth century B.C. at the height of Athenian glory – should be finished by the end of next year.
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July 20, 2005

Acropolis restoration to complete by end of 2006

Posted at 6:01 pm in Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum

The Deputy Culture Minister of the Hellenic Republic Petros Tatoulis anounced today that he expects the work on the Acropolis restoration to end by late 2006. He also anticipates that the New Acropolis Museum will complete at around the same time (which is what its current deadline is, assuming that the problems with the contractors unpaid taxes do not delay it further.)

Athens News Agency

Wednesday 20, July 2005
Deputy culture minister Tatoulis: Restoration work on Acropolis to be completed by end-2006

Deputy culture minister Petros Tatoulis said Wednesday that restoration and other work on the Acropolis would be completed by the end of 2006, keeping with the relevant timetables.
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