A long-running row between Greece and the UK is bacck in the headlines. It’s over the rightful owner of ancient artifacts known as the Elgin Marbles. The director of London’s British Museum, where they’re on display, has infuriated Athens by ruling out their long-term return saying that taking the marbles from Greece was a creative act.
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the British Museum is back in the headlines this time it's director has stirred up trouble by saying removing the world-famous 2,500 year old parthenon marbles from greece to be taken to Britain in the 19th century could be seen as a creative act thanks to a new context you could of course be saddened by the fact that the original environment has disappeared when you move a cultural heritage to a museum you move it outside however this shifting is also a creative act technically UK law prevents the return of such pieces but the problem is Greece considers the classical marble sculptures stolen and wants them back seriously what was so creative in the destruction of the temple and the looting and the pillaging of a nation's keys to its ancient history Greece's Culture Minister described the museum directors approach as narrow and cynical a mindset that downgrades cultural heritage to an exchange sale ouch but in fact it's not just Greece that's pressuring the museum other artifacts perceived as snatch during the times of the British Empire are being demanded back to so far to no avail the museum is only ready to loan saying the pieces are better off being displayed as part of a wider collection you have to take keeping him for 150 years just give us some months millions of people come to enjoy the British Museum every year let's find out what some of them here make of this long-standing feud and how locals see it back in Greece I think that's what's being here is probably for the greater good I just got a degree in art history so I feel like they should go back the models should be returned and put back where they belong in every Museum in the world their Greek antiquities why why are we so generous I would keep them here if they were British artifacts in Greece I think it would be viewed differently if I was Greek I would want them returned no I consider this that I consider what Elgin did to be theft since I'm Greek I'm also in favor of returning the Elgin marbles I guess it's quite nice to have them kept here perhaps to go home for a period because the exhibition's do move round I would like to see maybe some kind of sharing arrangement if I build a house and someone in America likes it he cannot take it with him and say I will take good care of it I will keep it in America come see it whenever you like you