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Guardian: ‘Despite the Recession, Greeks Still Light the Olympic Flame’

“Despite the disintegration of their politics and economy, the Greeks can still light and nurture the Olympic flame,” begins journalist Henry Porter of The Observer in his article, “The Greeks gave us the Olympics. Let them have their marbles.”

He comments that “ancient Greece has given so much to the modern world,” paying special tribute to the history of the Olympic Games which take place in London this year.

Porter, while watching the Olympic flame handing over ceremony in Athens, remembered that the “Parthenon marbles are displayed at the Duveen Gallery at the British Museum.” He justifies his words by saying that he does not intend to attack the British Museum which “represents a high point in civilization,” but tries to remind the Brits that Lord Elgin brought them to the UK over two centuries ago, which means that vandalism seems now a rather feeble excuse.

In his opinion, marbles are at risk now that visitors are allowed to get so close to them. “This is something ancient Greeks never did, because they were placed on the Parthenon,” he comments. Porter also praises the great details of the sculptures, which show that the ancient folk were “far superior.”

The journalist supports the return of the marbles to their “homecountry.”

“You need only ask yourself if Elgin’s behavior would be acceptable today,” wonders the British journalist and concludes that such an action would be completely unacceptable in the present day.

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