Should the Elgin Marbles be Returned to Athens?

Should the Elgin Marbles be Returned to Athens? is a very good article by Sean Gabb in Free Life Commentary, an independent journal of comment published on the Internet Issue Number 89 30th January 2003:

At the beginning of the 19th century, Athens was a small town in one of the less orderly and important provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Its inhabitants numbered about a thousand, mostly living in small huts built just below the Acropolis. The glorious buildings of antiquity were all in various states of ruin, some still to be recognised from the descriptions given in Pausanias, others but heaps of overgrown masonry. There was a mosque and a church and various administrative buildings on the Acropolis. The Parthenon had been falling into ever greater ruin since the explosion there in 1687. Those parts of the Erechtheion still not utterly ruined were used to house the seraglio of the Turkish Governor.

The rest can be read here : http://www.seangabb.co.uk/flcomm/flc089.htm

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