marbles... sounds Greek to me?
needs your vote
Greek exits British museum his eyes are full of tears.
committee for restitution of Parthenon marbles is conducting a survey
regarding the return of Parthenon frieze.
If you are interested in the
restitution of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and would like to help, there are
several different ways in which you can get involved with the campaign. We are
extremely grateful to all those who have helped so far, no matter how small the
Please sign (and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign) our online
petition. Once again we would like to stress that even a few signatures make a
difference, and it will take you less than 30 seconds to sign it.
Please cast your vote :
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
My spirit is too weak -- mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship, tells me I must die
Like a sick Eagle looking at the sky.
Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning's eye.
Such dim-conceivéd glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an indescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old Time -- with a billowy main --
A sun -- a shadow of a magnitude.
Extract from a speech
delivered by Alexander Rangavis at the meeting of the Greek Archaeological
Society on May 12 1842, in front of the eastern pediment of the Parthenon
"What would Europe say, atremble, if one should find a drawing by Raphael or
Apelles and, unable to carry it all away, should cut off the legs or the head of
that work of art:
If England, the friend of valiant deeds, cannot carry this entire temple to her
soil and, with it, the deep blue sky under which this all white monument stands,
and cannot carry the transparent air which bathes the temple and the brilliant
sun that gilds it -- if England cannot carry all those things to her far-northern
climate then, just as kings and
commoners formerly sent humble tokens of worship to the Parthenon and the
Acropolis, so should England send us, as a token of reverence to the cradle of
civilisation, the temple's jewels which were snatched from it and lie now, far
away and of little value, while the temple itself remains truncated and formless."