Discussion of the archaeological ethics surrounding the collecting of antiquities.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
An Australian Take on the Parthenon Marbles
Keith Austin in the Sydney Morning Herald ("Britain plays keepsies as the Greeks fume", October 7, 2008) has a blunt commentary on what he perceives as British Imperialism and the non-return of the Parthenon marbles for display in the New Akropolis Museum.
"Tommy, did you take Stavros's marbles?"
"Yes, miss. I liked the pretty ladies."
"Well, that's not very nice, is it?"
"Good boy. Now give them back and we'll say no more about it."