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Return of the Parthenon Marbles Petition.

Find out how you can #leadtheway for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Find out how you can #leadtheway.

Parthenon Marbles - East Pediment sculptures
Parthenon Marbles - East Pediment sculptures

About the Petition:

As an integral member of the Hellenic-Australian community, Delphi Bank has launched a national Petition, to help #leadtheway for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

As the Hellenic-Australian and wider community commemorates 200 years of Hellenic Independence, Delphi Bank is proud to honour our roots and seek justice for the Parthenon Marbles.

Why #leadtheway for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles?

As we seek justice for the Parthenon Marbles, we ask you to consider the below:

The Parthenon is a World Heritage monument that embodies the democratic values and spirit inherited from Classical Greece which have shaped western
civilisation.

The artistic and sculptural integrity of the Parthenon was severely compromised in 1801 when Lord Elgin and his men began the process of dismantling and removing substantial parts of the Parthenon’s exquisite architectural and sculptural elements when Athens was under Ottoman rule.

The Parthenon Marbles taken by Elgin are currently on display in the British Museum.

The Acropolis Museum in Athens, which was completed in 2009, displays most of the known surviving marbles from the Parthenon in a specifically designed museum gallery within view of the Parthenon and in their proper context.

Despite calls for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles currently in the British Museum, successive British Governments and the British Museum have refused all such requests in respect of this important cultural legacy.

We therefore call upon the British Government to amend the British Museum Act 1963 to allow for the British Museum Trustees to approve requests for the return of items within the museum’s collection.

We also call on the United Kingdom to do all things necessary to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece in order to permanently reunite these marbles and thereby enhance the historic friendship between the United Kingdom and Greece.

Sign the Petition:

A background to the Parthenon Marbles 

Supporting our Petition is the Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles Committee, led by Elly Symons and George Vardas. For many years, the Committee has paved the way here in Australia for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Representing cultural heritage and democracy, the Parthenon Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures which were partially removed from the landmark by Lord Elgin, who later sold them off to the British Government in 1816 – never to be returned to their rightful home in Athens, Greece.

For many years, Greece has disputed the British Museum’s ownership of the sculptures, maintaining that Lord Elgin removed them illegally while the country was under Turkish occupation as part of the Ottoman Empire.

Today, the surviving marbles are to be found in two countries - Athens and London, 1500 miles apart. Despite the Greek government’s efforts to reunite the Parthenon Marbles to form one collection at the Acropolis Museum, they have unfortunately remained unsuccessful.

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