- Lecture: Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles
Greek Centre Melbourne (Mezzanine) -
During the first decade of the 19th century the agents of Lord Thomas Elgin (British Ambassador to Constantinople 1799-1803) removed whole boatloads of ancient sculpture from Greece’s capital city of Athens. The pride of this collection was a large amount of fifth-century BC sculpture taken from the Parthenon, the temple to the goddess Athena, which stood on the Acropolis hill in the centre of the city.
The issue of the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles continues to be the world’s most celebrated cultural property dispute. Since Lord Elgin took them their history has been the subject of both neglect and controversy. Now in the British Museum they’ve been rendered mere artefacts in a distinctly British construction of world history and their place in it.
Mr. Emanuel J. Comino, chairman and founder of the IOC for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles in Australia will speak about the importance of returning these sculptures to Athens.
Greek Community Centre 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Greek Centre Melbourne (Mezzanine)
168 Lonsdale Street
The Mezzanine floor (press "M" in the elevator) of Greek Centre Melbourne - located at the corner of Lonsdale and Russell streets in Melbourne, Australia.
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