A few centuries ago when the Ancient Greeks still belived in the gods, the Greeks built a special building that was named the Parthenon. This building was a beautiful temple to Athena that included incredibly decorative marble sculptures all around the outside.
Over time, the Parthenon fell into ruins and was largely forgotten until…
A man from Britain named Lord Elgin came to Greece in the 1800’s and found the Parthenon and all these beautiful staues laying outside, so he decided to take these beautiful statues back to England with him.
So Lord Elgin ended up shipping the statues back to England and putting them in a museum. Now the two countries are fighting over who should get the statues. Many believe that Greece should have them because it was their ancestors art.
The other side of the story is that England should keep the Elgin Marbles because the marbles were just sitting around and no one was taking proper care of them. Maybe England should give the Greeks another try at taking better care of them instead of letting them stay outside.
So our crictical question is should Greece or England keep the Elgin Marbles?
Here’s what we think:
And here’s another point of view:
So what do you think? Leave us a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb!
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Image retrieved from http://www.fractalus.com/paul/marbles.jpg on September 25, 2007.