Can Privatization Save the Treasures of Ancient Greece?

21 Jan 2014 7:51 AM | Anonymous

Can Privatization Save the Treasures of Ancient Greece?

In the wake of government austerity, some closest to Greece's treasures are advocating turning them over to private companies

Greece Ancient Stadium
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Stephen Miller stands in front of the Temple of Neamean Zeus in southern Greece, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.Follow @TIMEWorld

Many objects dug from the earth or drawn from the legends of Nemea could be used to promote the ancient Greek site: the mythological Nemean Lion slain by Hercules in the first of his seven feats; weights lifted by competitors during its ancient athletics; the bronze statue of the baby Opheltes, whose death is said to have inspired the games which rivaled those at Olympia further west.

That no replicas exist and the gift stand at the site’s museum instead sells copies of Cycladic idols from an archipelago 200km east infuriates Stephen Miller, an American archaeologist who has spent the last four decades unearthing Nemea’s treasures. “None of these had anything to do with Nemea,” he tells TIME, gesturing at the paltry selection in the glass cabinet.


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