Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

The Acropolis Museum and the Elgin Marbles:

Elgin might be the villain in the eyes of Greece but what the Acropolis museum  fails to mention is that at the time he removed the sculptures Athenians themselves were using it as a convenient quarry and a great deal of the original sculptures and the basic building blocks of the temple itself, were being reused for new local housing or simply being ground down for mortar.

It is all very well getting irritable about it now but whatever Elgin’s motives were for removing the sculptures there is no doubt at all that he saved them from possible even worse damage and without his intervention we might not be even having the ‘Elgin Marbles’ debate at all.

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2 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

  1. Your words are so true. We shouldn’t judge what was done so long ago with twenty first century eyes. He did save the marbles and they are beautiful 🙂


  2. You have provided a new perspective for me about the Acropolis, and maybe the rest of The Greek ruins for that matter. I often compare them to Turkey, whose treasures are mostly intact. Yes, removing them from the reach of the Greeks may be the best that Elgin did for them.


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