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Sending it in secret to Russia was a nifty piece of footwork. Equally nifty would be if the Greeks could persuade Mr Putin to "return" it - but to Athens, not London.
Mr MacGregor says he is willing to start a dialogue with the Greeks about loans of this kind - and the idea of a permanent loan (of the whole Elgin collection) has been suggested in the past.
But for many Greeks, the idea of borrowing back what they regard as their own property would be painful.
Agreed, we should at the very least cut some kind of deal with Greece where they get them back and we get to display some of them on a rotational basis.
i'd be sick as a parrot if I could not see stuff like all of the Sumerian stone work at the British Museum.
Lord Elgin received express written permission from the Ottoman authorities.
which is the place of their work, in setting up scaffolding round the ancient temple of the Idols, and with moulding in lime paste (that is plaster) the same ornaments, and visible figures, in measuring the remains of other ruined buildings, and in undertaking to dig, according to need, the foundations to find the inscribed blocks, which may have been preserved in the rubble, be not interrupted, nor in any way impeded by the Governor of the Castle, nor any other person, and that no one meddle with their scaffolding, and implements, which they use for making moulds; and when they wish to take away some pieces of stone with old inscriptions, and figures, that no opposition be made, here for you is the present letter written and delivered by X [name unknown],
i usually really appreciate your threads and as such don't really want to get into an argument about it.
originally posted by: Bovah
Ever heard "possession is nine tenths of the law"?
originally posted by: alldaylong
a reply to: gortex
How many museums around the world have " Stolen" artifacts from the Egyptian Pyramids and from other ancient sites?
Maybe every country that has artifacts that don't originally belong top them should send them back.
originally posted by: skalla
a reply to: gortex
Agreed, we should at the very least cut some kind of deal with Greece where they get them back and we get to display some of them on a rotational basis. I only say this as I freaking love seeing all of our plunder from around the world... other nation's feelings aside, i'd be sick as a parrot if I could not see stuff like all of the Sumerian stone work at the British Museum.
Selfish, I know. But i'm prepared to share, at least.