The question is not ‘if’ but ‘when’
In the words of a former Leader of the House of Commons: ‘The government who take the final step of restoring the Parthenon marbles to where they belong will be acclaimed for their magnanimity.’ (Hitchens, 1997)
There is a plethora of reasons that the Parthenon sculptures will be returned to Athens. They all stem from one truth, that the Parthenon sculptures are part of the Parthenon. The reunification of the Parthenon sculptures, and of other pieces of the buildings and temples of the Athenian Acropolis, in one, complete exhibit is a request by the international community. Athens is where these treasures originate from, the city where the actual Acropolis complex was built 2,500 years ago and the place where it continues to stand today.
Keeping the Parthenon sculptures and other parts of the Athenian Acropolis thousands of miles apart is simply wrong. Bringing these magnificent pieces of art together in a meaningful set is the obvious step to settle a cultural issue that has been between two nations for years, undermining the idea of unity in World Heritage.
In these pages you will find an analysis of the reasons that the Parthenon sculptures will be returned to Athens to be displayed in the Acropolis Museum. You can use the navigation buttons at the top of the page to skip to different parts of this section.
Hitchens, C. (1997). The Elgin Marbles – Should they be returned to Greece? London: Verso.