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    Acropolis Museum Essay

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    Acropolis Museum was opened to the public in 2009 and was built to replace the original museum that had sat on the site since the original foundations were laid in 1865 (30 years after the Turkish garrison withdrew from the Acropolis. Integral to this decision to build the museum was the desire to build a space that was equipped to house and conserve the artifacts from the Acropolis and to reunite the Parthenon sculptures. The museum has five permanent galleries to do this – The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, The Archaic Gallery, The Parthenon Gallery, Propylaia, Athena Nike and Erechtheion Gallery and the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD Gallery. The completed museum does have the amenities to house the sculptures if they are…

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    Parthenon in Athens between 1801 and 1805. The Greeks have demanded that they be returned to their homeland and displayed in Athens. The Greek government claims that the Elgin marbles were taken illegally during the country's Turkish occupation and dispute the British Museum Trustees’ legal title to the sculptures. Some Greek officials believe that Lord Elgin bribed Turkish officials to obtain the marbles. The British have a different view; they believe that Lord Elgin obtained the Elgin…

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    On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the…

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    Parthenon Marbles Essay

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    The Parthenon marbles, also referred to as the Elgin marbles (After Lord Elgin, ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul (1801-1812) include the collection of sculptures, inscriptions and architectural features acquired from the British government by Lord Elgin in 1816 and now exposed in the British museum in Duveen Gallery (Room 18). Under Elgin’s instructions, the marbles were removed from the Acropolis (the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, and the Temple of Athena…

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    The police and some other people that you have never met but look upset, come knocking at someone's museum door and says, “ Do you have these stolen artifacts?”, ; does one A.) give them back to their rightful owner, or B.) keep the artifacts for one’s self, but remember these artifacts are the people's most prized positions. There are stolen/ lost artifacts all around in the world in museums; the people who made them from their bare hands may want the artifacts back, also their families may…

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    Each country has the right to preserve its history, that is sensible. From the possible human and logical point of view, the true owners of the great artwork no matter where they are now, are the people who built them. In addition, the natural framework of any work, enhances its majesty, if a piece is Greek it is because speak of Greek culture and the past of the nation, therefore must belong to it, especially thinking that there is a museum on the Acropolis where they will be perfectly…

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    displays a dog walking with a table that has animal remains on top. A lion is holding a canister and follows behind the dog. This scene may represent one’s eternal wealth in food and water. In the third register, music is being played. A mammal can be seen playing a bullheaded lyre with a bear supporting it along with a creature shaking a rattle by the bear. The last register shows a man composed with a scorpion giving a speech (Kleiner 38), perhaps commemorating the individual who had passed.…

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    violence and war to solve disputes in order to obtain land, gain resources, and increase government power. After all of the suffering and violence, we eventually resolve back to harmony and concord, and this is a cycle that will continue on throughout human existence. The ancient Sumerian art piece Standard of Ur and Banksy’s modern painting Soldiers Painting Peace are both artistic representations of this theme of war and peace. In appearance, these images have minimal correlation amongst each…

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    Kleophrades Reaction Paper

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    At the Penn Museum, I observed an Attic Red Figure Stamnos. The piece was created in Attica, Greece in approximately 490 B.C.E. and is attributed to the Kleophrades Painter. According to a publication by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Kleophrades painter was a prominent artist of Athenian vase painting. The Kleophrades painter, a name assigned to the artist because his true name remains unknown, has almost ninety works that have been attributed to him. Archaeologists and Art…

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    Most ancient civilizations are very similar in the way that they saw their ruler as a descendant from God, or that they often traded with other civilizations to get something they weren’t able to produce themselves. When looking at the role of women in their culture, the importance of family, marriage, and the religious life between ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, in some aspects they are similar, but in most ways they are worlds apart. When it comes to the role of women in these two…

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