CULTURE

‘A national order and demand’ for Parthenon Marbles

A piece of news: Consultant Spyros Kapralos will describe Athens 2004’s operational plans for the shot-put event at the stadium in Ancient Olympia at a press conference on Monday, December 8 at 1 p.m. While Kathimerini and Kathimerini English Edition have been writing for years to demand the return of the Parthenon Marbles without the government or the opposition noting the press’s contribution to this great national issue, suddenly, during the one-day meeting, ND leader Costas Karamanlis turned to Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and asked whether, on the occasion of Prime Minister Costas Simitis’s visit to London early next week, the premier would ask his UK counterpart Tony Blair openly – «and without begging» – for the return of the Parthenon Marbles «as a national order and demand by all parties.» That’s when the fifth-century-BC marble horse from the east pediment of the Parthenon in the British Museum neighed. And what did it say? «Better late than never.»