CULTURE

Never say ‘never’ to the return of Greece’s Parthenon Marbles!

Discussion of the return of the Parthenon sculptures, taken away to Britain by Lord Elgin approximately 200 years ago, should continue between the authorities in Greece and at the British Museum, where the sculptures are displayed. «The Marbles will never be returned to Athens,» is the main thrust of a Daily Telegraph interview with British Museum Director Neil McGregor, his adamant stance that the discussion was over, as well as the proposal that photographs and virtual reality images of the Parthenon be used by the Greek government, were the main points raised in a letter of reply on February 27 by Professor Anthony Snodgrass, president of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Sculptures. Snodgrass sent the letter to government ministers, the trustees of the British Museum and to the media, taking exception at McGregor’s statements which he said did not reflect the views of the trustees, whom he called upon to resume bilateral talks in the name of culture.