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Great Britain Challenges Greece on Elgin Marbles


The director of London’s National Gallery, Nicholas Penny, is challenging Greece once more on the issue of the Parthenon’s Marbles, suggesting that Greece and Britain share them.

According to him, the British Museum has recognized to some extent, the profound importance that the Marbles have for Greece and that lending the Marbles to the Greek state is under discussion as long as they do not become pawns of political exploitation.

He also suggested that the British Museum would be open to discussion over sharing the Elgin Marbles provided that the issue of where they really belong does not become an obsession.

Moreover, Mr. Penny claimed that if the Marbles were to return to Greece, they would not be placed on the monument due to Athens’ air pollution. Both the monument and the marbles are not in very good condition; thus, the visitors could not see them as they were in their original position. According to Mr. Penny, this is a sentimental myth, the idea that someone can turn the clock backwards.

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