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    Famous museums possess pieces of art that come from all around the world. A good example is the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum. Big pieces of marble became sculptures of different sizes and specifications depending on their location at the temple. Swindale et al. describe three different types of Marbles: metopes, in the lateral side of the building, pieces showing different battles; a frieze, a long scene surrounding the inner temple; and pediment statues, located at the triangular facades

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    “Elgin Marbles: British Museum loan 'an affront to the Greek people '” It was this headline about the British museum decision to loan Greek god Ilissos to Russia that caught my attention. I wondered how a nation like Britain that prided itself on it ethics blatantly refuses to return a historical item that was never theirs. Why would that not be considered stealing? As I delved further into Greece’s demand for repatriation, I began to notice a common theme that ran through most items with contested

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    “The sun never sets on the British Empire” is a phrase that is known all too well in regards to British Imperialism and colonization spanning over Africa, Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe. Over the years, England in particular, has had a major influence across the world as a global superpower by sharing its own technology, culture, religion and more. But as much as they have shared, they have also taken to enrich their own society with artifacts, designs, foods, and other aspects of the

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    British Museum Debate

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    Each side of this debate makes valid points for their case. The British Museum's position is that the sculptures are not the only ones of their kind; the same sculptures from the same time and place exist across several European museums. They see it as unfair that the Greek government demand the return of the Parthenon sculptures when numerous European museums are not asked to do the same. The Greek position on this issue argues that the sculptures were taken from their country in a manner that was

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    Museums contain vast collections of art from different places around the globe. Many of these art pieces have been acquired through donations from private collectors or are bought by the museums themselves (‘Collections Management Policy’). With vast amounts of ancient artworks inhabiting these museums, the issue of repatriation comes up. Repatriation is the return of artwork the country in which they originate from. Many nations and cultural groups wish to regain art which they deem important to

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    Both the Roman Baths and the British Museum exemplified the dominating influence of the Roman and Greek empires in Britain’s early history. However, even though both possess features of the Roman era, only the British Museum had Grecian elements in its galleries as well. The presence of both institutions highlight the imperial nature Britain adapted- in arts, architecture, and foreign affairs - due to the exposure to these two cultures. The Roman Baths was a public bath house where people went for

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    The acquisition of the Parthenon marbles by the British museum has been a controversial topic for many years. The Parthenon marbles (commonly known as the ‘Elgin marbles’) concerns the set of stone sculptures and archaeological features which were procured by Lord Elgin and imparted to the British museum in 1816. Although the British endorse the legality of the subtraction of the marbles, many argue that the situation was ambiguous. Through the removal of these historically significant artefacts

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    Learning Activity 1 The Elgin Marbles is the common name for an extensive collection of the Ancient Greek sculpture which has been on display in the British Museum since the early-1800s. The collection includes 75 meters (247 feet) of the original 160-metre (524-foot) frieze from the Parthenon temple in Athens. The frieze is the highly decorative section above the columns in classical Greek architecture. The collection is controversial because of its namesake the seventh Earl of Elgin removed the

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    Elgin Marbles

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    idolizes the context of visual sculptures. In the possession of the Britons, the Marbles reach a larger demographic with the aim of the British Museum in educating for the public benefit. Thus, if not removed from the Parthenon in the early 1800’s, further destruction to the priceless works of art would have occurred. Although the marbles hold an imperial stigma in the British possession, the creation of the Parthenon also distributed a national imperial value after the Athenian conquest of the Persian Wars

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    Parthenon Marbles Essay

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    debating the true home of the Parthenon Marbles. Some believe the sculptures should stay in the British Museum whereas others believe it should go back to Greece where it originally belonged. I do believe the British Museum should return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece because Lord Elgin did not obtain the marbles legally, Greece can now take care of the sculptures, and it would not force other museums to return artworks in which they originated. Firstly, there has been controversy over whether

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