Prime Minister Samaras described the Museum’s decision to allow the transfer of one of the artifacts from the collection of the Parthenon Marbles, on loan to the
as a provocative act against the Greek people. Hermitage Museum
The Greek PM has taken at heart the issue of what people here in
don’t like calling The Elgin Marbles. Greece
It was his initiative to invite to invite to
Athens legal specialists from
them the newly wedded Amal Alamudin, to prepare a legal case for the return of
the Marbles, should all other political and diplomatic attempts fail. London
The return of the Marbles is one of the very few issues that Greeks aren’t divided on, so one could conclude, I think, that Samaras’s angry reaction today could be seen as a kind of comfort cushion for him in times of immense political and economical problems here at home, where his popularity has fallen significantly in the polls.
People are with him, on this.
And I think they have a point. They feel like a hurt child, complaining “why did you lend them to
and not to us at least, since you don’t want to give them back”. Russia
They expected a good will gesture from the
, and to me this is
justified. The administration of the British
Museum have lost a
strategic advantage to offer this gesture firstly to the country where the
marbles were their home. This could have been done when the magnificent new British
Museum Acropolis Museum
was inaugurated almost ten years ago, even without asking for it. Greece
If they do it now, it just won’t be the same.
I think the
lost a good opportunity, and now
its confrontation again. And actually at high level. British Museum