It was recently reported that Greece returned a fragment of The Parthenon Marbles after a loan agreement with Italy, where it had been housed in a Palermo Museum, since its donation by the widow of a British diplomat in 1836.
What is Greece thinking!
Has its spirit buckled under the pressure of its economic crisis?
Let’s get a few things straight about ownership first…
The Parthenon Marbles are not a fragment of history to be dispersed and shared by various museums around the world, primarily European ones, despite their lofty claims of putting the history of civilization in a context otherwise unappreciated or poorly understood, had it not been for their vigorous protection and generosity, all paltry excuses for what they have really done…
Which is support and condone the acts of greedy and surreptitious subjects—think Elgin—of Cultural Vandalism.
This, of course, is morally reprehensible.
The revered and ancient temple that sits on top Mount Acropolis, whose location happens to be in Athens, Greece, built to honor the patron goddess of the city, Athena, is where the Marbles belong—
Not London, Italy or France.
And as the movement for their return to their rightful place foments, museums are quickly running out of excuses for storing them in their houses, where despite claims they do not benefit financially from their presence, the traffic they attract—especially London—certainly suggests some form of profit derived from these exhibits.
Still resistance to the return of the Marbles to their rightful place—and context—that would be Athena’s house, and not theirs—persists.
However, with the advance of time, these excuses have paled, and the bold definition of Elginism, crafted by British architect, Matthew Taylor, its stubborn beauty and succinct use of language, merely deepens the holes of arguments presented thus far.
TO BE CONTINUED…