Running Athens Marathon for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
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My name is Vassilis Sakizlis and I want to contribute to the global campaign for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles by running the 2017 Athens Marathon on 12 November 2017: “The Authentic”. This is an opportunity for me to undertake an initiative to collect signatures from supporters and add many more voices to the call to reunite a peerless work of art.
The Parthenon Marbles are an inseparable part of one of the most important
monuments of world culture. These unique masterpieces can only assume
their true conceptual status in their natural and historical environment, especially when they can now be seen in context as an integral work of art with views to the ancient Temple of Parthenon.
Two hundred years since they were removed by Lord Elgin, the demand for their
return to their natural environment continues to carry weight and is as important in 2017 as it was in the 1800’s. Many efforts, valiant efforts have been made for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles and despite the fact that 200 years on, we are still asking for this unity, we can all continue to support such a great and worthy cause.
Given the choice between viewing the Parthenon Marbles within the contexts applied to them by British Museum curators and experiencing them in the city of Athens, in the superlative Acropolis Museum, the overwhelming evidence is that the majority of the public would prefer to see them returned to Athens.
Greek governments in the past have promised in return seasonal exhibitions for the British Museum, ancient exhibits from the ancient Greek World, which could continue to provide exemplars for visitors in London. This offer has been rejected for over a decade. It seems like the director and trustees of the museum do not want the British public and the million London tourists to view more diverse exhibits from the ancient world and at the same time also do not appreciate the magnanimous gesture of reuniting the Parthenon Marbles in Athens….
I am a British citizen of Greek origin. I love both countries. This is not a difference of opinion between countries or civilizations. The Parthenon is a vital part of global and western world culture not only Greek culture. The reunification of the Parthenon Marbles contributes to this very specific and peerless work of art’s much yearned for restoration. This is the least we, as caring humans, can do out of respect for this ancient civilization that gave us the Olympic games, the Marathon, the philosophy, the arts and much more.
I would like to call for every active citizen, British, Greek or any other nationality to take part in the call for Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles and their valued return to Athens.
By signing the Declaration, we raise the voice of human reasoning and for putting right an old wrong.
Everyday our voices can join together and get louder and louder with empathy, understanding and respect: The fragmented and surviving Parthenon Marbles belong together, in the Acropolis Museum.
It is an honour to run one of the most difficult Marathons for this Cause.
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