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  • Parthenon marbles

    1. 1. Parthenon Marbles:Adopted or Kidnapped? Vanessa Dojaquez 1
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    3. 3. [Extra] Brief History(more of a refresher really.)Lord Elgin Receives a Firman“to dig, and to take awayany pieces of stoneinscriptions or figures”Elgin used bribes to getthem out of the country andsold to the British Museum(1816) HTTP://WWW.COLORIBUS.COM 3
    4. 4. Have I lost my marbles?The British Museum has:247ft of frieze15 metopes17 pedimental figuresvarious architecture(~1/2 of the Parthenon HTTP://WWW.PARTHENONMARBLESAUSTRALIA.ORG.AUCollection) 4
    5. 5. The British SideElgin’s firman was The British Museumlegitimate has been their protector over theThe Marbles are safer agesin London than theyare in Athens Returning them would set a bad precedent 5
    6. 6. The British Side (cont.)The Greeks then werenot the same Greeksas todayThe Marbles are a partof British heritage nowThe Marbles are animportant part of theBritish Museum ACROPOLIS, ATHENS, 447-432 BC HEAD OF A HORSE OF SELENE FROM THE EAST PEDIMENT OF THE PARTHENON 6
    7. 7. The Greek SideElgin misinterpreted British cleaning andthe firman pollution have damaged themElgin exploited hisposition Greece is only asking for the Marbles, noneThe Marbles are of their othercrucial to Greek antiquitiesheritage Increase tourism 7
    8. 8. Legal StatusBritain avoids legal actionsat all costsThe UNESCO Convention(1970)The UNIDROIT (TheInternational Institute for theUnification of Private Law)(1995) CENTRAL SCENE OF THE EAST FRIEZE OFThere is no law concerning THE PARTHENONrepatriation THE ACROPOLIS, ATHENS, GREECE, ABOUT 438-432 BC 8
    9. 9. Who would have toagree?The British Museum GreeceCity of London UNESCOThe United Kingdom/ International CouncilHouse of Parliament of MuseumsThe Acropolis Museum Greek Hellenic Ministry of CultureCity of Athens 9
    10. 10. LegalBritish Museum Act of1963International attentionhas not wanedAnnex Solution? THE ACROPOLIS, ATHENS, GREECE, ABOUT 438-432 BC YOUNG COW AND HERDSMEN FROM THE SOUTH FRIEZE OF THE PARTHENON 10
    11. 11. Supporters of RepatriationUNESCO (United NationsEducational, Scientific, andCultural Organization)European UnionHis Royal Highness the Princeof WalesUS President Bill Clinton MELINA MERCOURI IN FRONT OF THE PARTHENONMelina MercouriItaly/Vatican City 11
    12. 12. “If it would be me, I wouldgive them backimmediately” - Bill Clinton“The only thing British about [the marbles] is thatfact that one of our ambassadors filched them.” - Chris Price, Chairman of the Committee for the Reunification for GREEK, ABOUT 438-32 BC the Parthenon Marbles ACROPOLIS, ATHENS, GREECE HORSEMEN FROM THE WEST FRIEZE OF THE PARTHENON 12
    13. 13. 1999Symposium Let them rot? v.Scraping Away History? HTTP://FLICKRHIVEMIND.NET 13
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