Boris Johnson said Elgin Marbles should 'NEVER have been removed'

Boris Johnson said the Elgin Marbles should ‘NEVER have been removedfrom Athens in newly unearthed letter sent to Greek politician two months before the 2012 London Olympics

  • Mr Johnson wrote letter to local Greek politician while serving as London Mayor
  • He said that ‘in an ideal worldthe Marbles would never have come to Britain
  • Were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin between 1801 そして 1812
  • ボリス・ジョンソン once believed that the Elgin Marbles should ‘never have been removed from ギリシャ‘s Acropolis, a letter reveals.

    When serving as Mayor of ロンドン ahead of the London オリンピック に 2012, Mr Johnson wrote to a Greek official to say that ‘in an ideal worldthe marbles should never have come to Britain.

    They were were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by the then British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin, の間に 1801 そして 1812, and are now on display at the British Museum.

    The Government has recently been under increasing pressure to return the marbles, with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis last week insisting that they were ‘stolen’.

    しかしながら, it has been the UK’s long-standing position that the Marbles were acquired legally. Mr Johnson also insisted last week after Mr Mitsotakis’s comments that any decision on returning them has to be made by the British Museum.

    Around 260ft (80メートル) of the Marbles are in London, whilst Athens is home to a smaller 164ft (50メートル) section.

    Boris Johnson once believed that the Elgin Marbles should ‘never have been removed from Greece’s Acropolis, a letter reveals

    When serving as Mayor of London ahead of the London Olympics in 2012, ジョンソン氏 (pictured this week) wrote to a Greek official to say that 'in an ideal world' the marbles should never have come to Britain

    When serving as Mayor of London ahead of the London Olympics in 2012, ジョンソン氏 (pictured this week) wrote to a Greek official to say that ‘in an ideal worldthe marbles should never have come to Britain

    彼の中で 2012 文字, which was revealed by 保護者 after originally being published in local Greek newspaper Proini, ジョンソン氏は言った: ‘This is a matter on which I have reflected deeply over many years.

    ‘In an ideal world, it is of course true that the Parthenon marbles would never have been removed from the Acropolis and it would now be possible to view them in situ.

    But he added that the ‘realityis that it is ‘impossibleto restore the Marbles to their ‘original location on the template’.

    The future PM said that, because the ‘glorioussculptures have been in London ever since they were removed and that they now form the ‘centre piece of the greatest museum in this city, it would be grievous and irremediable loss if they went elsewhere’.

    They were were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by the then British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin, の間に 1801 そして 1812, and are now on display at the British Museum

    They were were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by the then British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin, の間に 1801 そして 1812, and are now on display at the British Museum

    He finished his letter to Greek politician George Hinos by saying that whilst he sympathised ‘with the case for the restitution to Athens’, he felt ‘on balancethat he had to ‘defend the interests of London’.

    Mr Hinos, the then leader of the provincial New Democracy Party in Ilia, the one-time home of the ancient Greek city of Olympia, had written to Mr Johnson to plead for the Marbles to be returned.

    He wrote the letter less than two months before the Olympic flame was set to be lit in Ilia before making it’s journey to London for the 2012 ゲーム.

    He is said to have written: ‘In the name of justice and morality, we implore you to begin the procedure for the return of the Greek sculptures.

    先週, Mr Mitsotakis claimed that the Pm had promised ‘not to stand in the way of ギリシャ establishing a formal dialogue with the British Museum over the future of the marbles’.

    The Greek PM has offered to lend some of his country’s artefacts, such as the ancient sculpture the Artemision Bronze, to the UK in exchange for the 2,500-year-old Marbles.

    Those opposed to returning them have warned that doing so would set a precedent and lead to the swapping of historic treasures all over the world.

    A LONG-RUNNING HISTORICAL DISPUTE: WHAT ARE THE ELGIN MARBLES?

    The Elgin Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, 主にペイディアスと彼の助手によって作成された碑文と建築メンバー.

    The 7th Earl of Elgin, トーマスブルース, オスマン帝国への英国大使を務めている間、アテネのアクロポリスからパルテノン神殿の大理石の作品を削除しました 1799 に 1803.

    に 1801, 伯爵は、オスマン帝国当局からパルテノン神殿から破片を取り除く許可を得たと主張した。.

    アクロポリスはまだオスマン帝国軍の砦だったので, Elginはサイトに入る許可を必要としました.

    彼のエージェントはその後、生き残った彫刻の半分を削除しました, プロピュライアとエレクテウムの建築メンバーと彫刻も同様です.

    発掘と撤去はで完了しました 1812 約£70,000の個人的な費用で.

    彫刻は英国に出荷されました, でもギリシャでは, スコットランドの貴族は略奪と破壊行為で告発されました.

    彼らはイギリス政府によって購入されました 1816 大英博物館に置かれました. 彼らは今でも専用のデュヴィーンギャラリーに立っています.

    ギリシャは何年にもわたって大英博物館からの帰還を求めてきました, 無駄に.

    パルテノン神殿から彫刻を取り除くエルギンの許可の信憑性は広く論争されています, 特に元のドキュメントが失われたため. 多くの人がそれは合法ではないと主張している.

    しかしながら, 他の人は、オスマン帝国がアテネを支配して以来、 1460, 遺物に対する彼らの主張は合法であり、認識可能でした.

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