Finding A Worthy Home For The Elgin Marbles

June 22nd, 2009 - 12:17 am ICT by GD  

Elgin MarblesA dispute has crept up between Greek and UK governments over the possession of the much debated Elgin Marbles.

The dispute rose when the much-awaited Acropolis Museum in Athens was opened on June 21. It will hold antiquities from the 25oo year old Parthenon Temple including the Elgin Marbles.These were acquired by Lord Elgin when he was the British ambassador to the Ottoman court.During the 1800s, Elgin sold the sculptures to the British Government that consequently became a part of the British Museum in London.

The Greek Government claims the Marbles as their property and demands their returning back where they are to be displayed in the Acropolis museum. The British museum refuses to accept this and instead says that objects of the collection can be loaned for three to four months but handing it to the Greek authority is a sure impossibility.

A determined Greek authority has initiated a world wide campaign against the British claim entitled Yaiti Oxi (Why not) where 17 organizations and 16 countries have been grouping to support the campaign. Saying that a resolution supporting the Greek claim has been passed in Canada, New Zealand and Cyprus, the Reunification of Parthenon sculpture Chairman David Hill adds that the growing support over the Greek claim is gradually weakening the British stand.

Battle over finding a worthy home for the marbles rages on. While general public want Greece to be its home, turning down of the invitation to the opening of the Acropolis museum by Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister further fuels up the discontent.

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