Should the Parthenon Marbles Be Returned to Greece? Essay

716 Words Nov 25th, 2007 3 Pages
Much debate has been seen on returning antiquities to the country of origin. It seems as though most outsiders side with the country of origin, but are they correct in their opinion? Just as stated, it is their opinion. The following gives way to my beliefs that the Elgin Marbles should stay at the Duveen Gallery in Britain. The first section seeks to credit Lord Elgin and a legitimate purchase. The second section revolves around the Elgin Marbles as a symbol of Greek identity and why keeping them in Britain makes sense. Finally, the third section focuses on the location of the antiquities in relation to the accessibility by scholars and world-travelers. The first point to be debated revolves around Lord Elgin, British Ambassador …show more content…
The sculptures have been on display in Britain for close to 200 years; they have been in Britain longer than the modern state of Greece has been in existence. The removal of these antiquities to Britain are said to have helped Greece gain their independence from the Ottoman Empire. After seeing the artwork and culture behind Greece, Britain and other European countries lent a hand to help Greece become an independent state in 1833. Due to this, I believe it is strong enough reason in itself to keep the antiquities in Britain. It shows a sense of unity between the countries. As stated above, the sculptures symbolize the national identity of Greece. However, their placement in the British museum symbolizes the freedom of modern day Greece. The final point to be debated is the location of the antiquities in relation to the accessibility by scholars and world-travelers. The Duveen Galleries of the British Museum are open to the general public, free of charge, and pull in 4.5 million visitors annually. Athens' population of four million is half that of London's eight million residents, the most populous city in the entire European Union. Even though Greece has increased its infrastructure for tourism, it still does not beat the infrastructure, accessibility, and central location London provides its' visitors. In addition, the Parthenon sculptures are fragile by nature. One could only

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