Rule changes could end Britain’s game of playing with marbles

11 Nov 2013 10:43 AM | Anonymous



Rule changes could end Britain’s game of playing with marbles

David Hill
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After many years, the dispute between Greece and Britain over the possession of the ancient Parthenon sculptures may be moving towards resolution as a result of a recent change to UNESCO's rules dealing with stolen cultural property.

A little over 200 years ago Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople, stripped about 100 of the beautiful ancient sculptures and fragments from the famous temple on the Athenian Acropolis.

Elgin had originally wanted the statues to adorn his estate in Scotland. Some years later, short of money, he sold the collection to the British government, which gave them to the British Museum, where they have been ever since.

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