one of the biggest thefts in history
Talks set on Greek statues held by Britain
LONDON, April 21 (UPI) — Britain and Greece will meet for the first time to negotiate the return to Athens of some ancient Greek sculptures known as the Elgin Marbles.
The BBC said Saturday that the talks will begin May 4 in London between senior representatives from both nations’ cultural ministries and their attorneys.
The collection was removed from the Parthenon temple in Athens and other buildings by Thomas Bruce and shipped to England about 200 years ago, ostensibly to save them from the Turks. The British Museum has fought demands for their return, citing the corrosive dangers posed by Athens’ dirty air.
The BBC said the director of the British Museum had “hinted of a possible six-month loan.” The indication was welcomed by the Greek Embassy in London.
It has been suggested that the sculptures be placed in a British Museum annex due to open in Athens this summer, leaving ownership with the British but allowing Greeks and their visitors to enjoy the priceless works of art.
… it is outrageous., Like the Louvre, the Berlin Museum Isle the British Museum is full of antiquities, that after all logic must be considered stolen. As imperialism was on the rise, the excavation licenses have been often forced by shady means from countries like Greece and Turkey — if there were any — and the claim of possession of anything valuable dug out, as well. Now the collections reflect the sphere of influence of France, Britain and Germany at the time of the excavation: Egypt, Greece, Asia Minor… Display of these items is more a display of national shame than one of national pride.