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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent arguement.
This book outlines a great arguement by the author as to why he feels that the Elgin Marbles (ie The marble statues and carvings that adorned the Parthenon in ancient Athens) should be returned to Greece.
Hitchens sets out his stall from the outset as to why he feels that Elgin's actions were morally wrong. He then goes on to counter every argument laid forth by The...
Published on 7 Oct 2004 by Ryan P. Duffer

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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Lose Your Marbles
Hitchens is articulate as ever, but you should know (even if he doesn't) that each year the number of people who visit the British Museum AND SEE THE ELGIN MARBLES THERE is far greater than the number of people who visit any part of the whole city of Athens for any reason. That is why the collections of the British Museum, with its great remit to educate and enlighten a...
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent arguement., 7 Oct 2004
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This book outlines a great arguement by the author as to why he feels that the Elgin Marbles (ie The marble statues and carvings that adorned the Parthenon in ancient Athens) should be returned to Greece.
Hitchens sets out his stall from the outset as to why he feels that Elgin's actions were morally wrong. He then goes on to counter every argument laid forth by The British Museum over the years.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of visiting or has recently visited The British Museum in London.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reunification Review., 22 Oct 2014
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This review is from: The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification (Paperback)
An excellent critical overview of the subject. The Parthenon's past and present and particularly the case of the Marbles are laid out in a concise narrative.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Lose Your Marbles, 30 July 2008
This review is from: The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification (Paperback)
Hitchens is articulate as ever, but you should know (even if he doesn't) that each year the number of people who visit the British Museum AND SEE THE ELGIN MARBLES THERE is far greater than the number of people who visit any part of the whole city of Athens for any reason. That is why the collections of the British Museum, with its great remit to educate and enlighten a vast public free of charge, is a far greater cultural artefact than the Parthenon itself, with or without the Marbles enclosed in a shiny new glass box a mile away. Cast off your post-colonial guilt - keep the Marbles where the most people can see them, and within a priceless context of ancient Greek artefacts and scholarship. They can never be returned to the Parthenon itself so the 'in situ' argument is nonsense. And by the way, the building of the new, empty museum in Athens caused irreparable archaeological damage to the ancient city below. This was a political, not a cultural or archaeological, gesture.
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