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Greece Says No To Parthenon Marbles Loan

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#1 yannis_s


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 05:40 PM

Greece's Culture Minister says he has rejected an offer from the British Museum to return a section of the Parthenon Marbles on a three-month loan.
Antonis Samaras says the deal would have meant renouncing any Greek claim to the 2,500-year-old sculptures, which have been in London for nearly two centuries.
Greece hopes one day to display the British Museum's Parthenon collection beside its own surviving sections in a new museum that will open next weekend.
In a statement Thursday, Samaras said he was prepared to discuss lending Greek antiquities to the British Museum, "to fill the gap left when the (Parthenon) Marbles finally return to the place they belong."
The works originally decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:26 PM

And the Greek Minister is correct, all or nothing.

It is about time they were returned to Greece anyhow, for EVER !!!

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:05 AM

I fully agree!!!!

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:38 PM

Dead right, that was a bit of cheek there really:

"We have something that actually belongs to you, however, as a gesture of good will to show that we are not all bad we will loan you some of your belongings, but only for three months"

Did they really expect the Ministry to say thank you very much Sirs.

Thanks for the petition Amando.
I finally got to see the Parthenon a year and a half back and was thrilled. The restoration work was really taking shape.

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