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Sunday Times: “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”


The Acropolis Museum in Athens is perfectly capable of hosting its original sculptures of the Parthenon instead of the well-crafted copies it exhibits, said Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times, Sarah Baxter.

Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
Plaster casts from the east pediment sculptures of the Parthenon at the Acropolis Museum against 
the backdrop of the Athenian Acropolis [Credit: The Acropolis Museum]
Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
The original sculptures of the east pediment in the British Museum
[Credit: Kevin Gessner/Flickr]


“I simply can’t think of a sound reason for refusing Greece’s claim for their return,” said Ms Baxter in a column she wrote for the British publication.

Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
Plaster casts from the east pediment of the Parthenon at the Acropolis Museum, as well as original metopes 
and both orginal and casts of the Ionic frieze [Credit: The Acropolis Museum]
Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
The original sculptures of the east pediment in the British Museum
[Credit: ANA-MPA]


“It is hard to deny that they belong to their original place, why not exchange them? We are fighting a losing battle to maintain our looting when there are innovative ways to share our knowledge,” added the Deputy Editor, who defends the return of the Parthenon Marbles and agrees with the opinion of which Labor leader Jeremy Corbin has also made publicly known.

Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
Original segments of the Ionic frieze from the Parthenon bordered by paster casts 
of those found in the British Museum [Credit: The Acropolis Museum]
Sunday Times : “The Acropolis Museum is perfectly capable of housing the original Parthenon Sculptures”
Section from the original Ionic frieze of the Parthenon displayed
in the British Museum [Credit: ToVima]


The Sunday Times also observes that modern technology can provide perfect replicas and representations of ancient cities such as ancient Rome and the Arc of Triumph of Palmyra and raises the question if Britain could return the Parthenon Marbles and reproduce with technology the grandeur of the Parthenon for the new generations of visitors to the British Museum, why not do it?

Finally, she notes that a similar replica policy is followed by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Source: Greek City Times [November 26, 2018]

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