On Wednesday, October 19 at 19:30 GMT:
For many years, the Parthenon marbles controversy has served as an ongoing case examine within the debate over whether or not museums ought to ship artefacts again to their international locations of origin. Now a brand new UK-based advisory board has stated it goals to formalise a deal to return the marbles taken from Greece’s Acropolis within the early nineteenth century.
About half of Greece’s Parthenon marbles have been within the British Museum’s possession for the previous two centuries. The contested sculptures had been created 2,500 years in the past and characterize figures in Greek mythology. Within the UK, the sculptures are additionally known as the Elgin Marbles, after Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, who stripped the Parthenon of half of its unique marble art work in 1801 throughout Ottoman rule.
The British Museum has instructed a sharing settlement, however not full repatriation. The museum maintains that the sculptures had been acquired legally and for the sake of preservation. In an announcement by the trustees of the British Museum, the Parthenon sculptures are a “important factor” within the museum’s “interconnected world assortment” and “a part of the world’s shared heritage”.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated in an interview this month with The Sunday Occasions that his nation will as soon as once more ask for the return of the Parthenon marbles throughout an official go to later this yr. Shortly after his feedback, then-UK Prime Minister Liz Truss stated she didn’t help the concept of the marbles’ return to Athens.
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll focus on the newest within the long-standing controversy over the Parthenon marbles.
On this episode of The Stream, we converse with:
Yannis Andritsopoulos, @iandritsopoulos
London correspondent, Ta Nea
Member, British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
Elly Symons, @ellymariasymons
Vice President, Australian Parthenon Committee