Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Parthenon marbles

I spent part of the weekend reading "The Parthenon marbles" by Christopher Hitchens. It would hav been better if I had read ths book in Athens -- but that required me to be more organized.

The Parthenon is an ancient building in Athens. It was decorated with many statures. However early in the seventeenth century Lord Elgin removed (ok looted) a number of the statues, that were eventually displayed in the British Museum. The book is a history of how the statues cam to be in London and the various attempts by people to send the statues back to Athens.

Hitchens is a great essayist when he has a cause to support. I say send the Elgin marbles back to Athens! (However, I will look at them in the British museum the next time I am in London.)