May 13, 2005

Petros Tatoulis meets Chris Stockdale

Posted at 10:03 pm in Elgin Marbles

Now that Chris Stockdale has arrived in Athens, the Greek deputy culture minister has met him to congratulate him for his efforts.

Athen News Agency

Tatoulis meets British activist Stockdale who supports the return of the Parthenon Marbles

Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis on Friday met with British medical doctor and activisit Chris Stockdale who is among supporters for the return to the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The British philhellene visited Athens with the sole purpose of stating anew the need for the Parthenon Marbles to be reunited.

On his initiative and expenses, he cycled for about 20 days from London to Athens and finally arrived on Monday after having passed through many European countries.

The deputy culture minister congratulated Stockdale and in a relevant statetement stressed that such initiatives and people “who actively show their interest for the restoration of a monument of world heritage, such as is the Parthenon, are needed.”

After their meeting, the British doctor, who on Friday morning toured the Acropolis and was briefed on the maintenance work, stated:The purpose of my visit was really symbolic. I passionately believe that the Parthenon Marbles must be returned. Four years ago I swam from Dilos to Paros to make the world aware, to think of the situation. Later on, the idea came to me to cycle from London, and in fact from outside the British Museum, to Athens, for a symbolic journey. The importance is that a Briton is very much interested in making this effort due to his love of the Pathenon Marbles and partuicularly of the Greek people.”

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