"Its time that the trustees of the British Museum take a decision that respects history, culture and the will of the people, and return the pieces from the Parthenon to their rightful place." - Vangelis Penglis, Greece
An Online Petition for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens ...
Often incorrectly referred to as the "Elgin Marbles", these beautiful and unique pieces of art, dating back thousands of years, now have the perfect home awaiting their eventual return to Athens.
The new Acropolis Museum, which opened in June 2009, has been created to accommodate and showcase to the world, not only a unique selection of priceless treasures from the Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens, but also to reunite the Parthenon Marbles to their home city of Athens.
There are many views on why the marbles should be returned to Greece, or why they should remain hostage in the British Museum in London, thousands of miles from where they should proudly be in display. Discussions of these views can take place on a variety of other websites.
This website, has been created solely to operate as an online petition, requesting the return of the Parthenon Marbles back to Athens.
If the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens is something that you feel strongly about, please can you sign our petition by filling in the short form below. We thank you for your support.
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Elgin cheated at Marbles
Theft, sacrilegious plunder of tombs and bribery and corruption all featured in Elgin's adventures in Greece and today with new information available a fresh attempt is being made by Tom Minogue to have the police in Fife and London investigate these crimes.
You can read more about this unique campaign undertaken by Tom Minogue, and also read through the excellent and thorough research that he has undertaken over the years.
Precedence for the return of the Parthenon marbles
It has been pointed out to us by Dr. Platon Kapranos that a precedence for the return of the Parthenon marbles has been in place since 1996.
The "Stone of Destiny" or the "Stone of Scone" as it is officially known, was used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland, the monarchs of England, and, more recently, British monarchs. The stone was originally kept at an abbey in Perth, Scotland.
In 1296 the Stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey. The stone was then fitted into a wodden chair which became known as St.Edward's Chair. On this chair, all subsequent English sovereigns except Queen Mary I, Queen Mary II and King Edward VIII were crowned.
700 years later, in 1996, in a symbolic response to growing dissatisfaction among Scots at the prevailing constitutional settlement, the British Conservative Government decided that the Stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations. On 3 July 1996 it was announced in the House of Commons that the Stone would be returned to Scotland, and on 15 November 1996, after a handover ceremony at the border between representatives of the Home Office and of the Scottish Office, it was transported to Edinburgh Castle arriving on 30 November 1996 where it remains.
For more information on the story of the "Stone of Destiny", visit the Wikipedia page - Stone of Destiny
Online Poll of the Guardian Newspaper
The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom recently held a poll after the the Greek Minister of Culture stated that public opinion in the UK favours the return of the Parthenon Marbles.