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The British Museum To Return Parthenon Marbles To Greece

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The Acropolis museum gives way for the Parthenon sculptures that are in Athens to be appreciated against ancient Greece’s backdrop. Museums are a valuable resource that provides an opportunity for the world to reexamine the past and the cultural activities associated with the history. The Parthenon sculptures are essential elements in the interconnectedness of the world and the political boundaries. The discussion has an argument on whether the British Museum should return the Parthenon (aka Elgin) Marbles to Greece.
The Greek archaeology society was founded in 1830, and there in their first meeting, the president ordered the ...view middle of the document...

It enhances the sense of culture sharing and understanding of the cultural heritage. It is still a disheartening act to display the marbles in the London museum after learning the impacts that were brought up by its removal. The removal of the sculptures led to the damage of the best-crowned achievement of humanity.
I feel as if it is a moral and wise decision for the British to return the Parthenon sculptures back to the Greeks. The technological improvement of the Greece Museum ensures the protection of its collection. The geographical condition of Greece favors the return of the sculptures since the Acropolis Museum is large enough to display the marbles and provide a decent view to the public. Also, the climatic condition of the museum is fresh and favorable for the public to have fun and enjoy seeing these sculptures. It will help the public to appreciate fully the artistic nature of the place (Fitz Gibbon, 2005).
The historical experience of art for people in their native land is important when trying to understand their sculptures. Therefore, the return of the marble is an essential step to give meaning to the people in Acropolis. Whenever they view the context of Acropolis Mount, a hill covered entirely by art venerating gods watching over its native of Athens, they get the reason to inquire about the return of the marble and to respect their beliefs and how they interact with their gods. According to the law, the principle of lending is based on the agreements of the lender and the borrower. Thus, the borrower should agree to return the property borrowed in time. Same regarding the marbles — the trustee considers any request for any part of the Parthenon to be borrowed and then returned. The Greek government should be given back the marbles since the Greeks are the rightful owners of the Parthenon. The London museum should not manipulate the Greek due to their weak state. Instead, it should observe the law and give them what they deserve (Mercouri, 1986).
The Greek authorities have a clear argument about the position of the marbles. They claim that they do not acknowledge the trustee ownership of the sculptures in their care. They claim not to be given any reassurances that the marbles were safe in their care, that is, by law a requirement the loan trustee needs to have before acquiring a loan. The minister of...

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