The Elgin marbles

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The exact proprietor of the Elgin Marbles has been disputed for many years between the British Museum and the Greek Ministry of Culture in Greece. The British Museum intends to keep the Elgin Marbles in London and on display in the Duveen galleries. The Greek Ministry of Culture is trying to acquire the Elgin Marbles, who claims Greece is the correct residence of the marbles, to be placed in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. My stance in this dispute is for the Eglin Marbles to be returned to Greece so they can be placed in the New Acropolis Museum. My resolution to this problem is for the British Museum to give half of the Elgin Marbles to the New Acropolis Museum, which will choose the marbles they want to receive. In return the British Museum would receive a few pieces of artwork from the New Acropolis Museum. The first issue of the Elgin Marbles is who is considered to be the proper owner of the marbles. British Museum claims they are because they purchased the marbles from Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, who brought them to London after he acquired firmans from the Ottomans who ruled Greece at this time. But the firmans given to Lord Elgin from the Ottomans counter his actions in removing the marbles from the Parthenon. The firmans only gave Elgin permission to copy, draw, mold, and dig around the Parthenon not remove the marbles (UNESCO). The second firman gave Elgin permission “to dig, take away any sculpture or inscriptions which do not interfere with the works or walls of the citadel” (“History of the Marbles”). The second confirmation that Elgin did not have the right to remove the marbles from the Parthenon is a letter from Robert Adair the British Ambassador to Constantinople. Adair wrote to Elgin on July 31st,... ... middle of paper ... ..., Ian. "The 1930s Cleaning of the Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum." British Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. . Theodorou, Theodore . "Robert Adair's letter to Lord Elgin." Adair to Elgin. Trans. Leonora Navari Web. 22 Mar 2014. . UNESCO, ed. Return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin. Athens, Greece: 2008. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. . Voulgarakis, Georgios. The Presentation of The First Fragment of The Parthenon Marbles That Was Returned in Greece. University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. 05 Sept. 2006. Ministry of Culture and Sports. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. .
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