BBC accused of escalating the Parthenon Marbles crisis by referring to them by their 'Greek name. "Parthenon Marbles"

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The BBC has begun referring to the Elgin Marbles as the Parthenon Marbles during its coverage of the ongoing diplomatic feud between the UK and Greece.

The British Museum has held the treasures for more than 200 years

The BBC has begun referring to the Elgin Marbles as the Parthenon Marbles during its coverage of the ongoing diplomatic feud between the UK and Greece.

Discussing the enduring row on Radio 4's Today show, presenter Justin Webb referred to the treasures as “the Parthenon Marbles, formerly known as the Elgin Marbles”.

Later in the show, he described them as “sculptures that used to be known as the Elgin Marbles and are now referred to as the Parthenon Marbles”.

The BBC has said there is no style guide on the subject, and presenters can refer to them as they wish.

The British museum, where the treasures have been held for over 200 years, also now calls them the Parthenon Sculptures.

The pieces of art in question are a collection of Ancient Greek sculptures originating from the Parthenon, an ancient Greek temple.

They were given their more wider-known name, the Elgin Marbles, after Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, who procured the antiquities in the 18th century.

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