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by Paul Neeson
posted 27/07/2021

The Story of the Parthenon Marbles (Part 1)

The Acropolis

Between 1801 and 1812 Lord Elgin, the then Ambassador to Turkey, dismantled ancient sculptures from the Acropolis in Athens and took them back to his estate in England.

Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Chair of Sir Nicholas Laurantus in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at the University of Sydney talks to Anthony about the history of these priceless works of art and the international wrangling demanding their return has been going on ever since.

Forged documents, bribes, gambling debts and the expedient sale of the sculptures to the British Museum, the story unfolds like an Agatha Christie thriller – except it really happened.

With a purpose built new Acropolis Museum now open at the base of the ancient site, the pressure is on to return the ‘Elgin Marbles’ to their rightful home.

Waverley Library Foyer

Also Paul chats to Jody Rodas, Head of Waverley Library, about what they are offering online. From classes in collage and sketching, to tutoring for high school students and tech help, there’s something for everyone who’s staying at home.

Arts Wednesday 28 July 2021