June 12, 2009

Elgin Marbles lecture in Switzerland

Posted at 8:54 pm in Elgin Marbles

A lecture in Switzerland on the New Acropolis Museum has been organised by the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Athens News Agency

Lecture on Acropolis Museum

The Alliance Francaise in Bern, Switzerland, organised a lecture on the theme of “The New Acropolis Museum – An opportunity for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece?”, in the presence of a large Swiss audience.

The speaker was Olivier Vodoz, Vice President of the International Red Cross and Vice President of the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles.

He outlined the historic and legal framework of the issue and referred to the efforts made so far, and that are continuing, both by the Greek state and the International Committee for the return of the Marbles.

The speaker further stressed the hope that with the construction of the New Acropolis Museum and the positive progress of internatiaonal law in this sector, the Parthenon Marbles will return to their historic environment which has a unique character.

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  1. Ioannis Konstantinos Andriotis said,

    06.20.09 at 10:07 pm

    I urge all those for fairness world wide, to petition Queen Elizabeth herself and of course the British Museum, to return what is not theirs.
    The Hellenes have given so much to this world! Logic! Democracy!
    So, give them back what belongs to them, their dignity!


  2. leslie oconnell said,

    06.21.09 at 3:18 pm

    Lord Elgin is a theif, in the early 1900s the ottoman empire allowed Elgin to take the friez from the parthenon when stricktly speaking the marbels were not the turks to give away and lord Elgin had no right taking them, although the Turks kept their (magazines and ammunition) in the Parthenon they obviously didn’t give a damn for this ancient relic and our westinised way of life the Greeks have given us so much history. Lord Elgin eventually sold the Doric friez to the british museum when he fell deeply into debt, which he had no right what so ever, BUT” although Elgin may have rescued them from further destruction by the turks and acid rain, in one respect he did salvage them, but we must give them back to Athens they dont belong to this country they were taken illegally and must go back, this will not open doors for other countries to ask for their artifacts back so long as they were taken legitimatly, as for the firman, even if it did exsist it is FLAWED because the Turks had no right to give them away in the first place, this is simply legalised theft, they must go back to their place origin. ATHENS!

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