Thursday, July 12, 2012

Update on the Parthenon Marbles

On June 19th and 20th the international conference on “The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles” was held in London, where a discussion was held regarding The British Museum’s claim on the Parthenon Marbles and the possible repatriation of the antiquities to Greece.
Dr. Tom Flynn, who spoke at the conference, provided an update on his blog,, in his entry “Defenders of the British Museum demolished in public debate over the Parthenon Marbles” (posted Saturday, June 23).
To summarize, Flynn wrote:
Send Them Back: The Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Athens               
Before the debate, the audience voted like this:
FOR: 196
After the debate, the audience voted like this:
FOR: 384 (+188)
AGAINST: 125 (-77)
UNDECIDED: 24 (-134)
Thus the motion to return the Parthenon Marbles to Athens was carried.

Public opinion overwhelmingly favors the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles.  Now we must wait to see when the British Museum will concede and reunite the cultural patrimony of Greece.
The text of Tom Flynn’s paper on this subject, which he delivered at the Colloquy, is available at:
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