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March 6, 2013

Greece establishes committee to handle Parthenon marbles issue

Posted at 4:11 pm in Elgin Marbles

Like a lot of the recent posts I’ve made, this was meant to be posted ages ago, but wasn’t.

Anyway – its interesting, as it indicates that the current Greek government wants to deal seriously with the issue of the Parthenon Marbles. However, it shoudl be noted that this is not an independent committee such as Marbles Reunited or the Australian Committee or many others around the world. This committee is instead more of a steering group – of special advisors to the Minister of culture.

I still believe that there is a need for a Greek Committee – that can get involved with raising the profile of the issue as people, rather than politicians – although I understand that the Greek Government want dealing with the issue within Greece to be seen as an issue entirely handled by the government.

Athens News Agency

>New committee established to press for return of Parthenon Marbles
Last Updated Thursday, 20 September 2012

The culture ministry on Wednesday announced that it will re-establish a special advisory committee to coordinate actions aimed at securing the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles.

The president of the Melina Mercouri Foundation, Christoforos Argyropoulos, archaeologist Eleni Korka, attorney Irini Stamatoudi, who heads the Intellectual Property Organisation, and foreign ministry representative Panos Kalogeropoulos were listed as members of the committee, announced by Alternate Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras.
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January 31, 2012

Traces of colour on the Parthenon’s pediments

Posted at 1:50 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

Despite their time on the monument (& the fact that for years, people have perceived them in their pure white form), traces of the original colouring from the sculptures on the Parthenon are still visible.

Athens News Agency

Traces of the Parthenon’s colourful past

(ANA-MPA) — An inset shows traces of mustard-coloured paint on the eponymous Lion’s Head pediment that was removed from the Parthenon’s northeast side on Friday 9 June 2011. The pediment was removed from atop the celebrated Classical Era ancient temple for restoration. The Parthenon was painted in bright colours during antiquity, as were most ancient temples, a far cry from the ubiquitous sun-baked and bare marble columns and friezes usually associated today with the Greco-Roman era. ANA-MPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

December 5, 2011

A history of looting or a looting of history – the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 2:02 pm in Similar cases

The winners have been announced for a Greek literary contest to produce essays about the Parthenon Marbles.

Athens News Agency

History of a looting, or looting of history?

(ANA-MPA)-The Hellenic Cultural Association ‘Nostos’ in Argentina has announced the winners of its 3rd international literary contest, with the theme this year being “The Parthenon Marbles: The history of a looting, or the looting of history?”.

More than 350 essays, tales and poems in the Greek, Spanish and English languages from five continents were entered in this year’s contest, organised by Nostos under the aegis of the Greek Embassy in Buenos Aires and the Argentinean national senate.(ANA-MPA)
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Hero of the Greek Acropolis dies

Posted at 1:41 pm in Acropolis

Apostolos Santas became famous in 1941, when he tore down the Nazi flag that had been raised on the Acropolis in Athens.

Athens News Agency

Resistance figure Santas dies

(ΑΝΑ-ΜPA) — One of the two men who secretly climbed atop the emblematic Acropolis Hill in central Athens and took down the Swastika in the early morning hours of May 31, 1941 – a defiant and extraordinarily symbolic act of resistance at the beginning of the Axis occupation of Greece (1941-44) – died on Saturday at the age of 89.

Apostolos Santas passed away in Athens.
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February 17, 2011

Late opening on Fridays for New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 2:25 pm in New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum is now going to be open until 10pm every Friday.

Athens News Agency

Acropolis Museum open until 10 p.m. on Fridays

(ANA-MPA) — Starting on Jan. 28 this year, the New Acropolis Museum will henceforth stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday evenings so that visitors can tour the exhibits while also viewing the floodlit Acropolis — opposite the museum — at night.

At the same time, the museum will also begin a programme for the conservation and restoration of the Caryatid sculptures – structural columns holding up the temple’s porch that were carved to look like young women – from the Erechtheum.
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January 23, 2011

New South Wales premier supports return of Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 6:41 pm in Elgin Marbles

Following on from the recent expression of support for the return of the Elgin Marbles by the NSW state Arts Minister, the State’s Premier is also adding her endorsement to the campaign.

Athens News Agency

NSW premier supports return of Parthenon Marbles

Australian politician Kristina Keneally, premier of New South Wales, announced during an event for Greek-Australian media on Sunday that she has become an honorary member of the Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles Committee and supports their return to Greece.

According to the radio station SBS, Keneally said the demand for the marbles return was “fair” and that they would be returning to their “rightful home”.

“The government of New South Wales is proud to support this demand for the return of the Marbles to Greece and its people,” she said.

January 11, 2011

Greek Ministry of Culture denies change in position on Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 1:54 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Further coverage of the Greek government’s response to the article in The Times that claimed that they were no longer claiming ownership of the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum.

Greek Reporter

Ministry denies reviewing position on Parthenon artifacts
Posted on 07 December 2010 by Apostolos Papapostolou

The Culture Ministry yesterday rebuffed a report in the Times newspaper suggesting that Minister Pavlos Geroulanos had offered to forgo its claims to the Parthenon Marbles, which are on display at the British Museum, in return for a long-term loan of the artifacts. Sources at the ministry told Skai that the government has not changed its position regarding its demand for the return of the Marbles. The museum said it had not been informed of any official proposal by the Greek government adding that Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos never referred to the issue of the marbles’ ownership in his meeting with a reporter of the British newspaper “The Times.”

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December 30, 2010

Visitor facilities at Greek museums & archaeological sites to be upgraded

Posted at 8:08 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

The New Acropolis Museum, as one of the most recently opened tourist sites in Greece is lucky enough to have high quality facilities for visitors, such as disabled access provisions. Many other sites in Greece are less fortunate however. A new initiative aims to try and solve this problem by upgrading many of the other sites to make them more easily accessible to all visitors.

Athens News Agency

Plan on sites services

ANa-Mpa/The culture and tourism ministry on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve services at Greek museums and archaeological sites, especially in terms of disabled access and availability of water.

The new programme follows a study that revealing a lack of vital services in some 150 museums around the country, including some of the most important and most popular sites.
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December 9, 2010

New Acropolis Museum voted Best Worldwide Tourism Project in 2010 by British Guild of Travel Writers

Posted at 10:35 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum has won the award of Best Worldwide Tourism project for 2010 by the British Guild of Travel Writers. Once again, this helps to raise the profile of the museum and highlights is suitability to accommodate the Parthenon Sculptures that are in the British Museum – removing the old argument that they could not be returned because there was nowhere suitable to put them if they were.

Athens News Agency

New Acropolis Museum wins prestigious award
8 Nov 2010

The New Acropolis Museum in Athens has won the ‘ (BGTW) prestigious global award for the Best Worldwide Tourism Project for 2010.

The prize was presented to deputy culture and tourism minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis, representing the Greek government, during a ceremony on Sunday night in London.

Nikitiadis thanked the organisers and the voting travel writers, noting that this distinction has opened the door for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their homeland. (ANA)

November 14, 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expresses support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Posted at 4:20 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum, Similar cases

During a visit to Athens, China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao toured the New Acropolis Museum & pledged to support Greece in their efforts to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles that are in the British Museum.

This display of support is not unexpected, considering that China has in recent years been making many efforts to track down artefacts looted from Beijing’s Summer Palace under the instruction of the Eighth Earl of Elgin (son of the Seventh Earl who removed the Parthenon Sculptures).

Athens News Agency

Chinese support for return of Marbles

(ANA-MPA) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, accompanied by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, toured the Acropolis in central Athens on Sunday morning, where the return of stolen antiquities and cultural treasures to their country of origin was discussed, amongst others. (ANA-MPA)

Wen Jiabao pledged to support Greece’s standing demand for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, currently displayed at the British Museum in London, to the new Acropolis Museum.

The Chinese premier also recounted the looting and destruction in 1860 of the old summer palace Yuan Ming Yuan, outside Beijing, by British troops. The soldiers were acting on the orders of then British High Commissioner to China Lord Elgin, the son of the notorious Lord Elgin, the diplomat who connived of the operation to slice off and (ANA-MPA) remove the sculptures from the Ottoman-occupied Parthenon less than two decades before the Greek War of Independence.

October 28, 2010

The temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis is now free from scaffolding

Posted at 12:57 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

More coverage of the restoration works to the Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis that have recently ended.

Athens News Agency

Temple of Athena Nike on Acropolis restored

(ANA-MPA) — Standing a full metre taller than before and without the scaffolding that enveloped it for the past decade, the slim temple of Athena Nike atop the Acropolis in central Athens was again in full view as of this month following the completion of restoration work.

The small temple was among the ancient marble structures on the Acropolis that had suffered the most extensive damage over the years, even as far back as 1687 when it was badly damaged by a mortar shell lobbed by besieging Venetians against an Ottoman garrison barricaded on the hill.
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August 28, 2010

The New Acropolis Museum’s first birthday

Posted at 12:31 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum celebrated its first birthday on 20th June. With over two million visitors in this time, it has rapidly become one of the destinations on the must see list for tourists in Athens. It has raised awareness of the Parthenon Marbles significantly, as the casts of them in the Parthenon Gallery now make it very clear how many of the sculptures are in the British Museum.

Athens News Agency

New Acropolis Museum celebrates first anniversary

More than two million people have visited the new Museum of the Acropolis during its first year of operation, according to figures presented by the museum to mark the first anniversary since it first opened to the public on June 20, 2009.

The museum’s board chairman Prof. Demetris Pandermalis said the museum received a total of 2,010,641 visitors in that time, had set research and scientific goals, made progress in the area of conservation and also in educational programmes.
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