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Swedish returns Acropolis sculpture November 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology Greece.

A retired Swedish gym teacher has given impetus to the campaign for the return of the Elgin Marbles by restoring to Greece a piece of sculptured marble from the Acropolis that has been in her family for 110 years.

Standing amid original Parthenon marbles in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, the former teacher, Birgit Wiger-Angner, called on the British Museum in London to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. “They can make copies belonging to themselves,” she said.

The fragment she returned came from the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis and was the second to be returned to Greece in recent months. In September, Heidelberg University gave back a marble heel from the Parthenon. The British Museum insists that its sculptures were legally obtained by Lord Elgin from the Ottoman authority that then governed Greece, but campaigners for restoration to Greece argue, among other reasoning, that tourists would rather see the sculptures in Athens than in London. A new state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum is currently under construction in Athens and will be ready to house the Parthenon sculptures and other artifacts next year.

Eleni Korka, Director of Classical Antiquities at the Greek Ministry of Culture, said, “I think it is really just a moral obligation to add and share in the reunification of the Parthenon marbles, which is a world monument.”

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