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Persephone

The British Museum and the Abduction of Persephone

The Ancient Greeks revered their gods in statuary and sculpture and art and Persephone was no exception because of her rare beauty and intensity.  The Two Goddesses famously adorned the East Pediment of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in their “marbl’d immortality” until they were forcibly removed by Lord Elgin and his men, beginning in 1802.

George Clooney Parthenon sculptures

George Clooney repeats call for Parthenon sculptures’ return

George Clooney repeats his claim that the Parthenon sculptures should be returned to Athens. This comes despite the fact that in 2014 when he said that returning them was “the right thing to do”, Boris Johnson compared him to Hitler. Last December Clooney admitted in an interview that the comparison: “still makes me laugh. Bit of a stretch.”

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Four of the finest Ancient Greek sculptures kept in museums away from their motherland

The movement to return the Parthenon marbles to their motherland was started in the 1980s. But it is not just the Elgin marbles that have been removed from Greece. Some of the most magnificent Greek sculptures ever created are in fact located in various museums around the world, proudly representing the country in which they were born.