The Parthenon Sculptures

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The British Government have an obligation to give back the Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum back to the Greek government. This is due to the importance the Statues have in Greek Culture, the importance of having the Acropolis once again united, and the high level of evidence supporting the claim that the British stole the statues. This essay will aim to explain each of these points, a well as the British Rebuttals. Not only this, but a recount will be made on the attempt made by myself and a classmate as we attempted to replicate this debate and negotiate for a peaceful outcome.

Since 1983, after the transition from Post-Civil War Greece to the Modern Day Democratic Greece, the Greek Government has demanded the return of its ancient Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum in London. After Greece regained its independence and government, it has demanded for the stolen statues to be returned to Greece so they can be united with the rest of the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Not only this, but the Greeks put the legality of the British’s taking of the statues under question, stating it was through secrecy and conspiracy this was achieved. The British argue that under law, they legally bought the statues from the Ottomans (The then rulers of Greece) in 1811 with Lord Elgin. Not only this, but they state that they wish to preserve the statues in London, to showcase to the world mankind’s greatest achievements. While both sides offer valid and tenacious arguments,…

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