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Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Parthenon Marbles: Sharing and Reuniting a Heritage of Humanity  

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As he points out, it is irrational to ask the question “who owns antiquity?” and there is no other example of a piece of art as crudely dismembered as the Parthenon, with even the heads and bodies of individual sculptures located in different countries. In 2009 the country opened the New Acropolis Museum, which has been specifically designed to display all of the sculptures, and currently displays plaster casts of the London marbles next to the original Athenian ones. If the missing sculptures and fragments, currently placed in the British Museum, were to be reunited with those in the New Acropolis Museum, visitors could study them as one entire whole, with a direct view of the monument to which they belong.

Marbles collageA recent British Museum press statement has also claimed that the Parthenon sculptures are “a part of the world’s shared heritage and transcend political boundaries”, while Greece’s Minister of Culture, Aristides Baltas, said that “we do not regard the Parthenon as exclusively Greek but rather as a heritage of humanity”.

In this spirit, according to Professor Sandis, this bicentenary provides the perfect opportunity for Greece and Britain to collaborate instead of bicker over ownership. It is high time that ownership of the past became a thing of the past and we began to think in terms of joint custody instead. The time is, thus, right for all surviving sculptures to be reunited under a single roof and be displayed in a joint Greek and British international museum.

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