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Meeting in Athens of committees for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures

The Greek government have issued a press release in the lead up to the meeting [1] of twelve national committees from around the world who are all working towards the return of the Elgin Marbles to Athens.

From:
Greek Ministry of Culture [2]

HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE
PRESS OFFICE
Athens, 23.11.2005
PRESS RELEASE

The Deputy Minister of Culture Mr. Petros Tatoulis along with the Chairs and the authorized members of the Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles will be visiting the Acropolis on Friday 25th November 2005 and afterwards the building of the New Acropolis Museum, which is under construction.

The visit to the Acropolis will take place at 11.45 a.m. and to the site of the construction of the New Acropolis Museum at 12.30 p.m.

Afterwards, in the Weiler building (2-4 Makrygianni Str.) statements will be offered to the reporters by the Deputy Minister of Culture Mr. Petros Tatoulis and the Chair of the British Committee Mr. Anthony Snodgrass, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, Cambridge University.

It is the first time that Chairs and authorized members of the Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles visit our country, after the official invitation addressed to them by the Deputy Minister of Culture Mr. Petros Tatoulis.

The names of the Chairs and the authorized members of the Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles who are visiting our country are the following:

CHAIRS AND ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEES FOR THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES

  • GREAT BRITAIN
    Chair: Anthony Snodgrass, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, Cambridge University
    Deputy Chair: Christopher Price, Former MP, Labor Party
    Secretary: Eleni Cubitt, Director, Spouse of Founder of British Committee
    Member: Matthew Taylor, Architect
  • NEW ZEALAND
    First Chair: Zisis Bruce Blades, Civil Engineer
    Member: Angelos Papageorgiou, Lawyer. In place of Second President, Mr. Gerald O’Brien
  • U.S.A
    Secretary: Dennis Menos, Retired Government Employee. In place of Chair of the Committee Stephen G. Miller, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Berkeley at California
  • AUSTRALIA
    Chair: Jennifer Bott, CEO, Australian Council for the Arts
    Member: David Hill, Businessman
  • BELGIUM
    Chair: François Roelants du Vivier, Senator
  • SWEDEN
    Chair: Krister Kumlin, Diplomat, Senior Adviser to Swedish Government
  • ITALY
    Chair: Antonia Sofikitou, Professor of Modern Greek Literature, University of Palermo
  • SERBIA
    Chair: Diogenis Valavanides, Economist
  • SPAIN
    Chair: Alfonso Martinez Diez, Professor of Greek Studies, University of Madrid
  • CYPRUS
    Chair: Anna Marangou, Archaeologist
  • RUSSIA
    Member: David Sarkisyan, Director, Museum of Architecture, Moscow. In place of Chair of the Committee, sculptor Nikolai Nikogossian
  • GERMANY
    Chair: Reinhard Stupperich, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
    Member: Evangelos Konstantinou, Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Studies, University of Würzbrug