By Maria Arkouli GreekReporter

on August 9, 2013 In Culture, Events, News, Philosophy Simon Critchley, a professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City, brought the house down at the 23d World Congress of Philosophy meeting in Athens when he said the Parthenon Marbles stolen from the Acropolis nearly 200 years ago and now in the British Museum should be returned to Greece.

Critchley, who is British, was speaking to an audience on the banks of the Ilissos and had them cheering when he said, “I never understood why England has the Parthenon Marbles. The Parthenon Marbles belong to Greece and to Athens and they must return to their homeland”.

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Acropolis Museum Horse RiderOn Thursday 20 June 2013, the Acropolis Museum celebrates its fourth birthday. The exhibition areas will remain open from 8 a.m. until 12 midnight. The restaurant will be open during the same hours. On this occasion, admission will be reduced (3 euros) for all visitors.



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AHEPA together with The Cultural Committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane


Invite you to a Public Lecture by Emanuel J. Comino AM

"The Case for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles"

Read more: 13 March 2013 | Lecture by Emanuel J. Comino AM

By Stella Tsolakidou, September 20, 2012

Deputy Minister of Culture Kostas Tzavaras has set up a special advisory committee to coordinate strategy for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles stolen by a British diplomat, Lord Elgin, 200 years ago. The stolen goods are now in the British Museum which refuses to return them.

The committe consists of the President of the Melina Mercouri Foundation Christofors Argyropoulos, archaeologist Elena Korka, lawyer Irene Stamatoudi and representative of the Foreign Ministry Panos Kalogeropoulos.

Read more: Greek Ministry of Culture. Special Advisory Committee To Seek Parthenon Marbles’ Return

On Friday 14 September 2012, the Acropolis Museum was awarded by the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in Vienna, with the Keck Award 2012. The award concerns the conservation and restoration of the Caryatids, the Kore from the south porch of the Erechtheion temple, with the use of laser technology.

In 1994, the IIC Council announced the establishment of the IIC Keck Award, generously endowed by Sheldon and Caroline Keck, pioneers of art conservation. The award is presented every two years to 'the individual or group who has contributed most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession'.

Read more: The Acropolis Museum receives the 2012 Keck Award

This debate took place at Cadogan Hall, London, on 11th June 2012. A shortened version of the debate will be broadcast on BBC World News on the following dates (all times GMT):

Saturday 30th June -- 09:1021:10

Sunday 1st July -- 02:1015:10 

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Read more: Send them back: The Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Athens

By Trevor Timpson - BBC News

Activists from around the world seeking the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens have met in London to discuss their strategy as Greece faces troubled times.

"The Olympics are a four-yearly reminder to the world of all we owe to Greece," said former MP Eddie O'Hara - who chairs the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

The meeting, he added, "ought to remind people in London and throughout the world that there's one debt to Greece that will never be repaid until those sculptures in the British Museum are returned."

Read more: To sue or not to sue? Parthenon Marbles activists debate

Written by Mrs Anna Botha (Head of Marketing SAHETI School*)

"The Marbles are Ours!"

SAHETI School pupils, staff and parents welcomed a special guest to the school on Thursday 14 June - Mr Emanuel Comino, chairman of the International Organising Committee (Australia) for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. Mr Comino delivered a presentation on what is one of the most important cultural property disputes in the world: the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, from where they were removed in the 19th century and taken to England. He presented a convincing argument for the return of the Marbles, with reference to interesting historical information on how and why the marbles were taken. He and Advocate George Bizos (a founder of SAHETI School and member of the local restitution committee) will be attending the global colloquy on the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles in London from 19 - 20 June.


By Trevor Timpson | BBC News

A call backed by actor Stephen Fry for the return to Greece of the British Museum's Parthenon Marbles has come out on top in a debate held in London.

Fry said it would be a "classy" move to restore the sculptures brought to the UK by Lord Elgin in the 19th Century.

The debate, hosted by Intelligence Squared, ended with a majority for the motion of 384 to 125.

Read more: Stephen Fry's Parthenon Marbles plea backed in debate vote

An article by Henry Porter, The Observer 20 May 2012

Despite the disintegration of their politics and economy, the Greeks can still muster a crew of vestal virgins to light and nurture the Olympic flame. The ceremony had a bogus feel but, dressed in that clinging material the Athenian sculptors rendered so miraculously in marble, the virgins of Vesta the goddess of fire really did look as though they had served as caryatids or just stepped from an ancient frieze.

The idea of the flame and its journey is to imbue the branded and, I have to say, slightly tiresome modern Olympiad with the spirit of the games that were first held in 776BC in honour of Zeus. But the sight of these women also reminds us that, while ancient Greece has given so much to the modern world and sets some kind of bar for all civilisation, it is dishonoured as well as honoured in the 2012 Olympic city.

Read more: The Greeks gave us the Olympics. Let them have their marbles


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