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Greeks Go for All the Marbles In Effort to Get Back Artifacts

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  • Kim Noyes
    *Greeks Go for All the Marbles In Effort to Get Back Artifacts* The Washington Post, October 7, 2007 On Saturday, huge cranes will begin lifting ancient
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      Greeks Go for All the Marbles In Effort to Get Back Artifacts
      The Washington Post, October 7, 2007

      On Saturday, huge cranes will begin lifting ancient statues, carvings
      and architectural fragments off the Acropolis, down to a new museum
      built at the base of the most famous citadel in the world. For the vast
      majority of these stone remnants of the great age of Athens, it will be
      the first time they have ever left this rocky summit. Dimitrios
      Pandermalis, the president of the museum project, says the first
      visitors will be allowed in early next year, and the museum will have a
      grand opening sometime in early 2009. At which point, perhaps, arguments
      about the building will give way to the building's basic argument. Which
      is simple: Greece wants the marble sculptures that the English
      ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin, chiseled off the Parthenon
      more than 200 years ago. From the ground up, the building is designed to
      emphasize the Greek claim that the "Elgin marbles" should be returned to
      Athens, to join together in one place as much of the surviving Parthenon
      statuary as can be assembled.

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