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The Parthenon Marbles

In this discussion, we examined the history of the controversial Parthenon Marbles from their creation in the 5th century BCE to glorify Athens and its powerful patron goddess, Athena, to their removal in the early nineteenth century by the Earl of Elgin to the British Museum.

In our exploration of the long history of the Parthenon and its Marbles, we looked at their fate under Byzantine and later Ottoman rule.  We also considered the important role the Parthenon Marbles played in fostering Greek Independence in the early nineteenth century.  Finally, we pondered a possible future fate of these exquisite sculptural pieces, even as the debate rages over whether to reunite the ensemble in the new Acropolis Museum.


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