The following appeal was posted in the London Times regarding
The new Acropolis Museum was designed with large windows facing
towards the Parthenon, so while protecting the marbles in a safe and
environmentally sound space they can be viewed closest to their source,
inspiring all who visit them. The marbles have achieved iconic stature
and mythological significance to Greece and its people. There is no
better way to understand a culture more deeply than to know and
appreciate its mythos, its stories, its dreams. Thus, the return of the
marbles becomes an emotional and sociological issue, regardless of
historical facts. In this light, the entire world can appreciate the
cultural importance of the location of the Parthenon Marbles. Perhaps
Cavafy summed it up most eloquently in his poem Ionic:
That we’ve broken their statues,
that we’ve driven them out of their temples,
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.
O land of Ionia, they’re still in love with you,
their souls still keep your memory.
When an August dawn wakes over you,
your atmosphere is potent with their life,
and sometimes a young ethereal figure,
indistinct, in rapid flight,
wings across your hills.