Of course, this would cause outrage. The British Museum has NO RIGHT to lend any of the so-called Elgin Marbles to anyone, because they are not theirs to loan! In spite of the righteous howls of so many Brits who claim to have preserved the Parthenon marble statues from its frieze, the marbles belong to the PARTHENON, period, and the BM knows this. Shame on them! It is high time this goes to the International Court at the Hague, and that the BM be charged with vandalism and grand larceny, and fined at least 100 billion dollars for this atrocious crime of theft of the Parthenon frieze statues.

Richard Vallance Janke,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities

The recent decision by The British Museum to send a single sculpture from the famed Parthenon Marbles (or Elgin Marbles) on loan briefly to the Hermitage in Russia, causing outrage in Greece, has once again drawn attention to issues of cultural heritage relating to antiquities. Whatever the merits of the arguments put forward by those demanding the return of the marbles to Greece and those arguing for their continued care in The British Museum – and both sides have many valid points – there can be no doubt that the Museum has been a vital source of knowledge, stewardship and inspiration for those with an interest in classical antiquity, in a way that perhaps no other institution in the world has. Visitors to London may drop in at the Museum free of charge, as millions do annually (6,701,000 in 2013) and this writer has on more than once occasion, to…

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