Give Marbles back to help Greeks in crisis

04 Jul 2011 5:55 PM | Anonymous

Give Marbles back to help Greeks in crisis

By Andrew George*

While the current financial crisis dominates all current press coverage relating to Greece, there is no reason why we should use this as an excuse to ignore other key Anglo-Hellenic issues.

At present, news coming from Greece is predominantly negative -- returning the Parthenon Sculptures (popularly known as the Elgin Marbles) would give people there something positive -- a reason to celebrate and something that would increase the tourist draw to the country, helping to revive their economy.

Coincidentally, June 20, 2011 marked the second anniversary of the opening of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens -- an event that raised the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to a level of global interest. Britain however continues to act as though nothing has changed.

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